Pittsburgh Pirates: Top Five Prospects LHP
Over the next few weeks the site will be sharing the top 5 prospects at each position in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
The minor league season is now one month in and, for the most part, one can start to see who is really producing. Thee Pittsburgh Pirates have one of the best farm systems in the major leagues. No matter how many prospects they graduate to the major leagues they seem to be able to replenish them with another young prospect. With that the players at the top of these lists maybe recognizable, but the ones towards the bottom maybe newer names that are gaining prospect recognition.
The first list will be on the top-5 left-handed pitchers. The reason is because the Pirates have made two recent roster moves with left-handed pitchers. With that it only seemed natural to start this series with the left-handed prospects.
If you would look back to just a few years ago the Pirates system was very thin with left-handed pitching. This was due to the Pirates draft strategy of taking tall, projectable, right-handed pitchers. However, that draft strategy seemed to change somewhat in 2013.
The Pirates selected two left-handed pitchers within their top four picks in that draft. Blake Taylor was a lefty who was their second round pick that year and at the time rated their best left-handed prospect. The Pirates moved him the next year for Ike Davis. With that being said, they have been starting to stockpile lefties after that deal.
As of 2016 the Pittsburgh Pirates have built up some left-handed prospects. The system itself is not fairly deep still, but it is better than it was. As mentioned above, they really have acquired a lot of talent at this spot in just a few years. In this article I will give a short bio on each player, their season stats, and their career stats. So who is the top left-handed prospects in the system right now?
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