Pittsburgh Pirates: 10 Players Who Could Have Been Pirate Starters

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Pittsburgh Pirates: 10 Players Who Could Have Been Pirate Starters
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The Pittsburgh Pirates made an unhealthy habit of drafting the wrong players under former general managers Cam Bonifay and Dave Littlefield.

Yes, every team in baseball has missed a pick here and there, but the Pirates' recent history of drafting signability over talent is unparalleled.

Any self-deprecating Pirates fan knows this all too well, whether they like to admit it or not.

These inept drafting abilities have played a major role in the Pirates' current situation. It is not a coincidence that the Pirates have not won since Bonifay took the reins in 1993.

Just like it is not a coincidence that the Pirates' struggles continued through Littlefield's reign, and residual effects are still felt today in PNC Park.

The Pirates have had their chances to grab players worthy of their high selections. If we were to dig deeper than the first round, many other miscues would be discovered.

However, Pirates fans can only take so much. Let's just focus on the first-round misfires today.

Here is a starting lineup showcasing what could have been in the Steel City.

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