Re: Top Prospects
I won't say what I really feel, T, so I don't rain on your parade. But at least the Pirates will have 2 legit studs on the field at some point next season in A. McCutchen and Alvarez. And as far as Alvarez's defense, well, Aramis Ramirez wasn't touted as a great defensive 3rd baseman either when he came through the Pirates' system, and he eventually made himself into a decent one. The org wants him to be a 3rd baseman, and I think he will end up being one. They didn't pick up Jeff Clement for nothing.
My concerns are with the pitching staff. Alderson is going to be good, but he's a year away - I don't see him being on the team in 2010 despite what Fangraphs says. After that, they have a bunch of 3rd/4th starters and long relievers. Hopefully they will get their future stud #1 in the draft next season since they will lose out on the HS phenom.