Oscar Tavares and Jon Singleton burst on to the Major League Baseball scene in the past week.
Tavares of the Cardinals and Singleton of the Astros each hit home runs in their first big league games. The 22-year-olds are likely to be key cogs for their respective teams' lineups for many years to come.
The Pirates' future sparkplug is still taking hacks at the Triple-A level.
But he won't be for much longer.
Gregory Polanco, the Dominican Republic slugger, is also 22. He's knocking down the Pittsburgh door - even more than Tavares and Singleton.
Polanco has dominated the minor leagues during the past three years with no sign of regression. He's actually progressed at each stop on the Pirates' farm system tour.
In 2012, his first full-season of professional ball, Polanco hit .325 with the West Virginia Power.
He played for the Power, Altoona Curve and Indianapolis Indians in 2013, combining for 12 home runs, 38 stolen bases and a .836 on-base plus slugging percentage.
This year with Indianapolis Polanco sports a .351 batting average with six home runs and 14 steals.
Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, Pirates right fielders are hitting .257 with just a .350 on-base plus slugging percentage. That was even worse before Josh Harrison assumed the everyday position.
So why is Polanco still paying his dues in the minors?
Because the Pirates are hoping for a brighter future. Bringing Polanco up at the beginning of the season would have started his MLB service clock sooner than bringing him up, say, now.
Bringing a prospect up prior to mid-June causes them to qualify for "Super 2" status which, in theory, gives these players a better chance to secure a higher contract.
"Most players are eligible for arbitration after three years of major league service time," writes Jesse Spector of the Sporting News. "Super Twos get an extra year of arbitration rights if they are in the top 22 percent of service time for players between two and three years."
Polanco and the Pirates had a chance to dismiss these potential headaches with a long-term contract. However, Polanco reportedly rejected a seven-year deal worth between $50 and $60 million.
Singleton, on the other hand, accepted a contract worth $10 million over the next five years. He signed the deal on Monday and was in the Houston startling lineup later that day.
"The Super Two rule is supposed to benefit the best young players with a chance to earn more money, but instead it is leaving the most promising prospects to choose between long-term deals at a discount on what peak performance would earn and extra time in the minor leagues," Spector wrote.
On Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the earliest the Pirates could promote Polanco without the Super 2 clause applied would be this Friday.
The timing couldn't be more perfect as the Pirates return to PNC Park, after what seemed like a never-ending 10-game road trip, to host a three-game series against the Brewers. Then, the Cubs come to town.
Bringing Polanco up to start a weekend series and long homestand would ensure a packed house and a great atmosphere to welcome the Bucs' most clamored-over rookie since Andrew McCutchen in 2010.
Although the Pirates have been pretty blessed in recent years with not only McCutchen, but Pedro Alvarez and Gerrit Cole playing in front of near-sellouts for their long awaited big league debuts.
Travis Snider and Jose Tabata were supposed to be the seat savers for Polanco in right field. Though their roles have progressively diminished and Harrison has been fulfilling the job.
Not as the matrie'd, though. But more like the five-star chef.
During the past eight games, Harrison has 15 hits in 34 at-bats. Since May 1, he is hitting .326 with a .361 on-base percentage and 12 extra-base hits, including three in Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss at San Diego on Thursday.
Polanco's arrival shouldn't cost the hot Harrison his spot in the regular starting lineup. Rather, he needs to shift over from right to left field.
Starling Marte currently holds down that starting position even though he is batting just .236. Marte only has three hits in his last 33 at-bats. His last multi-hit game came back on May 24.
With the Pirates surging with 10 wins in their last 15 games, there's no need for a struggling player to hold them back. Harrison needs in the lineup, so does Polanco.
The Marte-party may need to be shut down for some time if the Pirates want to take full advantage of the Polanco hype and sustain their recent success.
(Peaslee, a Youngstown native, is a sports writer for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. He can be emailed at email@example.com and followed on Twitter at @thempeas)