Pirate City — 3/18

Pirate City — 3/18

I made it to Pirate City today for the first time this year since the minor leaguers took over the facility.  It's interesting to see how much things have changed there as far as the viewing public is concerned.  About 8-10 years ago, when minor league camp had started I might find a couple of scouts and a small handful of players' girlfriends and parents out there, and that was all, apart from the players themselves.  Now it's actually getting a little crowded.  It's hard to know whether to attribute this to increased interest in the minor leagues generally, given the vast increase in the amount of information available on the web in the last few years; or to interest in the Pirates' system specifically, given the long overdue focus on it by the team's front office.  Or probably it's both.

Today the Pirates' A-ball squads were facing the Yankees.  The Pirates didn't have many of their better prospects on the field today, so I didn't find a lot of excitement today.  The starters at le...

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