The emergence of Tyler Glasnow is one of many reasons the Pirates could be considered to have a top farm system.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins get a lot of praise for their farm systems. However, Jeff Passan talked with one longtime scout who said that the Pittsburgh Pirates were the team with the top farm system, and that it's not close.
Passan went on to highlight all of the usual names. He didn't mention Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon, but did mention Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. He focused a lot on Tyler Glasnow, who the scout focused on since he had just seen Glasnow. He mentioned Josh Bell and Nick Kingham.
The "top farm system" discussion is usually something for off-season entertainment. Those types of lists come out before the season, and they usually provide good discussion while we all wait for real baseball. The thing about the lists is they are all subjective. The scout Passan quoted feels the Pirates have the best system. Another scout may like ...
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