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Minor League Report: Pleasant Surprise

Alex Tomter

Alex Tomter

Alex Tomter writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

It happens every year in minor league baseball. A talented player who has gone widely unrecognized starts putting up eye-popping numbers catching the attention of fans, scouts and front offices across the country.

In a game where such an emphasis is put on scouting and developing and in an era where scouting reports, video reports and more are available at the click of a button; one would think that breakout players wouldn't catch us by surprise. But it keeps happening.

In 2012, the two biggest breakout players in all of minor league baseball played for the West Virginia Power, the Low-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco jumped on the scene with the power/speed mixed that sent pro scouts to Charleston all summer long.

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