Originally posted on Where Is Andy Van Slyke  |  Last updated 10/17/11
Pirate fans (myself certainly included) make quite a bit of Neal Huntington's focus on pitching when it comes to draft time every season. That's for good reason, as most of Huntington's high profile draft picks (notable exceptions: Pedro Alvarez, Tony Sanchez, Josh Bell) have been pitchers, but the reality is that the Pirates have increased the depth of their hitting prospects by quite a bit recently. At the end of last season, I didn't even rank the top hitting prospects because I felt like the list was a jumble of Chase d'Arnauds and Josh Harrisons and besides a few guys (Starling Marte and Tony Sanchez, mostly), there just wasn't much to talk about. Things are a lot different this year. Marte had a great bounceback from last year's injury, Robbie Grossman had a huge breakout year, Josh Bell and Alex Dickerson were added tot he system, Matt Curry emereged, Gorkys Hernandez restored some of his prospect status, Ramon Cabrera and Elvys Gonzalez flashed some real potential at a young...
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