The Pirates and Astros limp into this series, near mirror images of one another. Both are buried in the standings, despite residing in the thoroughly mediocre NL Central. Both are searching for new general managers, and, as an extension, a new philosophy. Houston has seen its farm system fall into disrepair, as recent draft picks (such as lefthander Brian Bogusevic, outfielder Eli Iorg, and catcher Max Sapp) have disappointed. Houston's total disregard for its farm system became apparent this past August, when the Astros (without a first or second round pick) failed to sign its third and fourth round selections. Pittsburgh's farm system isn't quite as bleak, but recent blunders and a disregard for the Latin American market has left the Pirates with an alarming lack of talent in the low minors.
Both of these teams need to re-commit themselves to player development, and face long-term rebuilding projects.
Tale of the Tape
Runs Scored/Allowed: 668/737
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.