Pittsburgh Pirates: The Three Gifts That Will Keep on Giving in 2019

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The Pittsburgh Pirates had a successful 2018 season.  This is in large part thanks to the young players on the roster. Who are the gifts that will keep on giving in 2019?

When the 2018 Major League Baseball season started, many expected the Pittsburgh Pirates to not be very good. Predictions ranged from 70-78 wins, with even the local radio station predicting a 100 loss season.  Instead, the Pittsburgh Pirates played more good baseball than not.

The team played so well that the Pittsburgh Pirates front office decided they were in the position to add at the deadline.  Neal Huntington changed the narrative on the Pittsburgh Pirates and brought in two of the biggest trade chips available in Chris Archer and Keone Kela.

Add those two players in with the team’s young core, and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended up posting a winning season with a record of 82-79. However, that is not the ultimate goal. The goal is for the team to get into the postseason and have a chance to make a run at a World Series.

Although many are still not believers in the Pittsburgh Pirates, they showed a lot of promise last season.   They have a very young core of players, and, quite frankly, should be even better in the 2019 season.  So who can the Pittsburgh Pirates rely on to keep improving next season?