The All-Star break allows Pirate fans a few days to reflect upon their team's extraordinary start to season.
The Pirates' surprising first half is the result of many impressive individual performances. Beyond national stories such as Andrew McCutchen and James McDonald, many Pirates have exceeded expectations in order to stake their team to first place in the N.L. Central.
Yet a review of the first half of the Bucs' season reveals some weak links as well. There is room for upgrades in the Steel City, and the Pirates will need to improve upon their weaknesses if they are to hold off the Reds and Cardinals for the division crown.
For now, though, it is worth looking back at the Bucs' fantastic start to the season. First-half grades for every 2012 Pirate follow.
(Note: Grades are only listed for those players who have appeared in a material number of games for the Pirates this season. Thus the A+ grade for #DREWSUTTON is not on this list.)