Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Under-the-Radar Breakout Candidates

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These three players may be flying under the radar right now, but are positioned for a breakout campaign with the Pittsburgh Pirates this season

Every season each Major League Baseball team has players who burst onto the scene. For the 2023 Pittsburgh Pirates, there are plenty of players that fans and people around baseball are looking at as breakout candidates.

Can Rodolfo Castro build off his strong finish the 2022 season a breakout as the team's starting second base man? Will Oneil Cruz cut down on the strikeouts and put it all together allowing his limitless talent to shine through? Is this the season Ke'Bryan Hayes takes a step forward offensively? Does Roansy Contreras emerge as a true top of the rotation starting pitcher? These are all storylines that people will be watching with the Pittsburgh Pirates throughout the 2023 season.

Today, we are going to take a look at three under-the-radar breakout candidates. While these three players may not be garnering much discussion ahead of spring training, it would not be a surprise to see them playing a big role for the team by the end of the season.