Reporting Bob Pompeani
PITTSBURGH (KDKA 93-7 The Fan)- The Pirates are battling for second place in the National League Central, with first place within striking distance.
That has caused trade speculation to begin. One rumor circling around is that the Pirates might send two or three top prospects to Miami for Giancarlo Stanton.
Tim Williams of PiratesProspects.com is not sure that he would make that trade.
“I think value-wise, it’s a fair deal,” Williams told Bob Pompeani. “Getting a guy like Stanton would be amazing but I think that the long-term value would be much greater for the Pirates if they kept Jameson Taillon, if they kept Gregory Polanco.”
A prospect that has drawn attention so far this season has been former second round draft pick Stetson Allie. The converted pitcher hit 17 home runs in West Virginia, earning a promotion to Bradenton.
“It kind of looks like the batting stance that Jeff Bagwell will take, where he kind of crouches down and he has that big leg kick, that big blow to his swing before he makes contact,” Williams said.
Williams added that Allie did not have that in spring training and could explain the power surge.