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Pirates Outfield Depth

After going through the infielders (where Chase D'Arnaud and maybe Josh Harrison are the best assets), how does the Pirates outfield depth look?  I'll look at the top 15 outfielders, along with what level they are likely to start the season and any other comments.  If you have any other changes, let me know.

  1. Andrew Lambo – Triple-A. Ceiling has been compared to Andre Ethier. He had a good Arizona Fall League with a .274 average and 4 home runs
  2. Starling Marte – Double-A. Very close to Top 100 overall at Baseball America. This type of player fits perfect in leadoff.
  3. Robbie Grossman – Double-A. Cut his strikeout rate by a lot. The decreases in speed (15 stolen bases in 2010 compared to 35 in 2009) and potentially defense might be concerns.
  4. Alex Presley – Triple-A. Andrew McCutchen a huge roadblock to a starting role in this organization for 25-year old center fielder. If last year was legit, maybe average CF.
  5. Mel Rojas Jr. – Low-A. Huge pedigree with his father being a major league pitcher for ten seasons. Last season too small a sample.
  6. Evan Chambers – High-A. Like Grossman, he was able to cut his Ks by a lot, so he made some progress.
  7. Quincy Latimore – Double-A. 2011 a make or break year for him.  I like him, though, even from 2009.
  8. Gorkys Hernandez – Triple-A. I don't like him, but speed and defense with light bat works in MLB (Nyjer Morgan, Rajai Davis, Julio Borbon, etc.). Needs to hit more than .260, though.
  9. Jared Lakind – State College. Boom or bust Texas power bat from 2010 draft.
  10. Exicardo Cayonez – Low-A.

Others:

  1. Greg Polanco – State College
  2. Willy Garcia – GCL
  3. Dan Grovatt – Low-A
  4. Rogelios Noris – High-A
  5. Adalberto Santos - High-A

I've only seen 1-4, 7 and 8 in game action, so that limits the rankings a bit.  If you have any corrections or omissions, let me know.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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