Comments on: First Pitch: Yes, The Farm System Has Been Dramatically Upgraded Since 2007 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-yes-the-farm-system-has-been-dramatically-upgraded-since-2007.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:37:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: TonyPenaforHOF http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-yes-the-farm-system-has-been-dramatically-upgraded-since-2007.html#comment-21214 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 00:24:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42703#comment-21214 Overall performance of the organization is ok, not excellent.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-yes-the-farm-system-has-been-dramatically-upgraded-since-2007.html#comment-21161 Sat, 06 Oct 2012 15:04:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42703#comment-21161 As far as specifics, I’m still not entirely sure who you’re talking about. I know, from a development standpoint, it seems like they’re taking a lot more high school guys, most of which they’re starting in the GCL…position players anyhow. Many of the pitchers they’ve started in State College though, and nearly all of the top picks for the last several years have gone straight to West Virginia, which seems to be an aggressive move according to some. There are also the international guys, which arguably most of them start off in the GCL simply because the ones with high upside are only 17-19.

I guess as a general answer to you question, it’s probably because it’s easiest to acquire a bulk amount of potential talent whenever it’s younger guys being drafted, or coming from latin america, and they have to start somewhere. But I think overall, the rookie leagues look beefed up now simply because there were a lot of players that were drafted this year that normally wouldn’t have played until next year when they would have been placed in State College, and the foreign academy seems to really be kicking now as well. I think some forget how young that place still is.

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By: dropkickmurphys http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-yes-the-farm-system-has-been-dramatically-upgraded-since-2007.html#comment-21160 Sat, 06 Oct 2012 14:31:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42703#comment-21160 No, I mean until this year, there’s been little talent at the lower levels, that is evidenced by the lack of talent at the higher levels now. NH should have been having this kind of talent at the lower levels since his first draft. Five years into his term, he’s stockpiling talent at the lowest levels of the organization…why?

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By: Kevin Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-yes-the-farm-system-has-been-dramatically-upgraded-since-2007.html#comment-21139 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42703#comment-21139 You are a master debater my friend. You give long-winded, nonsensical explanations and wind up countering your own arguments so many times that frankly it just leaves me confused. So to get straight to it, what is your problem with an organization that is now steadily improving as far as wins go, has the most top 20 prospects by league in the minors (with 2 more top 15 picks in the coming draft to add to the system. Which you yourself claimed earlier that 1st round picks are slam dunks), and has their best player locked up for several years at a friendly price?…Please explain.

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By: John Lease http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-yes-the-farm-system-has-been-dramatically-upgraded-since-2007.html#comment-21099 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 08:37:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42703#comment-21099 No, he isn’t saying that. You are the one saying it’s ‘dramatically’ better. There is always a range of opinions. I’m wondering what Neil Huntington can ever say that you will find disagreement with. Say, what was the farm system ranking when Cam Bonifay won executive of the year, or whatever it was they gave him? Pretty high, right? I guess that was the only year they got it wrong?

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-yes-the-farm-system-has-been-dramatically-upgraded-since-2007.html#comment-21096 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 05:16:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42703#comment-21096 you mean the draft from this year? What, are these guys supposed to step into AA? I’m interested to see how the upcoming draft goes for the Pirates as far as placement. 2 top 15 picks should make for an interesting scenario.

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By: dropkickmurphys http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-yes-the-farm-system-has-been-dramatically-upgraded-since-2007.html#comment-21094 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 04:26:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42703#comment-21094 I guess my question is that why is NH only beefing up the rookie leagues in his fifth year on the job?

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By: wtmiller http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-yes-the-farm-system-has-been-dramatically-upgraded-since-2007.html#comment-21093 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 04:19:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42703#comment-21093 Good idea, since you know squat about baseball.

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By: TonyPenaforHOF http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-yes-the-farm-system-has-been-dramatically-upgraded-since-2007.html#comment-21092 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 03:56:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42703#comment-21092 No problem Wilbur. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing, using this kind of knowledge to make money and make my organization sing, you keep swearing on a blog and living off the work of others. Good night.

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By: wtmiller http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-yes-the-farm-system-has-been-dramatically-upgraded-since-2007.html#comment-21091 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 03:46:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42703#comment-21091 This is just empty gibberish. Here in the real world, AS YOUR OWN ARGUMENTS SHOW, people are able successfully to identify good baseball players as amateurs and minor leaguers. And it’s from those people that BA gets their info. The fact that they don’t have some 23rd century method of quantifying a batter’s ability to identify a breaking ball doesn’t negate their opinions. This isn’t Star Trek, it’s real life.

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