Pirates outfield of the future...?
(from left to right...)
Starling Marte has flashed above average play for stretches, but in between he's been very inconsistent. He is currently tied for 7th in the NL for most strike outs, and has a .244 batting average. The guy is fast and could lead the team in triples and stolen bases (excepting perhaps Polanco... we'll see), but even his base running can be horrible at times. Last year he had decent numbers overall (in 135 games played), batting .280, with 10 triples, 12 home runs, and 41 stolen bases, but he's taken a step backwards so far this year.
The newly-called-up Gregory Polanco. He was doing well at Triple A (in 62 games), hitting .347 (.945 OPS), with 17 doubles, 5 triples, 7 home runs, 47 runs, 49 RBI, and 15 stolen bases. But who knows how things will go in the majors? He certainly has a lot of pressure on him. I remember reading that he was like the 13th ranked prospect (according to someone or other) at the beginning of the season, and had got up to 3rd place recently. The Pirates are fairly mediocre so far this season, so people are going to hope that he can be the spark that gets us going.
Andrew McCutchen is obviously a great talent, though I think it's still unclear whether he's an all-star caliber player or can actually be a truly elite player. Defense isn't a problem (though I'm not sure that he'll win another gold glove). He is signed long term, and wants to stay, which is nice. His numbers the last two seasons have been good:
2012 - 29 doubles, 31 home runs, 96 RBI, 20 stolen bases, .327 AVG, .953 OPS
2013 - 38 doubles, 21 home runs, 84 RBI, 27 stolen bases, .317 AVG, .912 OPS
...but I don't think he's quite got to where he needs to be yet--or where the Pirates need him to be if he's going to be the cornerstone of the franchise.
I guess this could turn into the best outfield in baseball... or 2 years from now it could be a nearly-complete bust.
*praying to baseball gods*