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John Sickels Ranks the Pirates Farm System 12th Overall

John Sickels Ranks the Pirates Farm System 12th Overall

For the first time ever, John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com has released a ranking of the top farm systems in baseball. Normally Sickels ranks the prospects for each team in the majors and leaves it at that. This year he went a step further to put a ranking on every system in the majors. The Pittsburgh Pirates finished 12th on his list. Go here to read the rankings.

Sickels started off with a disclaimer on the ranking process, and why he never ranked teams prior to this. He mentioned about how the end result of saying "the Athletics are 11th and the Pirates are 12th" is very subjective to the person doing the rankings. He also mentioned that he considers depth more than other analysts, which explains the ranking for the Pirates. His number one team, the Toronto Blue Jays, had eight players with a B-plus rating to headline their system. Following that they had eight more players with a B-minus rating. By comparison, the Pirates had Gerrit Cole rated an A, Jameson Taillon rated an A-...

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