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Greg Picart and the Value of Organizational Players

Greg Picart and the Value of Organizational Players

Greg Picart appears to have re-signed with the Pirates.

We spend a lot of time talking about the top young prospects in the organization, and for good reason. The main purpose of a farm system is to produce talent for the big league team. Minor signings don't usually get a lot of attention due to the fact that they probably won't yield help in the future for big league players. Lost in all of that is the importance that organizational players can play to the system.

The Pittsburgh Pirates appear to have re-signed minor leaguer Greg Picart, per a tweet from Picart talking about another opportunity with the Pirates. Picart, who turned 26 in September, fits the definition of an organizational player, having spent his entire career in the Pirates' organization. He's been eligible for minor league free agency the last two years, but has been brought back each time.

Picart was born in New Jersey, but lived most of his life in Puerto Rico. Because of his Puerto Rican heritage, his fa...

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