BRADENTON, Fla. - I've seen a good bit of the FCL Pirates in the early part of their season. As I write this, they're 7-4, which is a pretty good reflection of what I've seen on the field -- they look like a good team.
Whether that translates into major league players in the long term is a separate question that can't be answered yet, so I'll stick with what they look like now.
FCL Pirates Notes
**To begin with, the Pirates strike me as a very good defensive team. Whether it's because of the organization's focus at the lower levels on enhancing the players' understanding of the game, I can't say.
I can say that this team seems more fundamentally sound than what we've been seeing at the lower levels. (Anybody who saw a lot of the Marauders last year will know what I'm talking abo...
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