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Pirates Will Have Baseball America’s Top Farm System This Year

Baseball America will be releasing their Prospect Handbook later this month, which always includes their top farm system rankings. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Pirates will have the number one ranking in the upcoming book. The Cardinals were number one last year, but dropped to seventh in this year’s rankings.

This isn’t the first time that the Pirates have been ranked number one. Jonathan Mayo had them as the top farm system a few months ago. Baseball America usually releases two different sets of rankings. The first comes when they release their Prospect Handbook. The second set comes right before the season. Those rankings usually feature some changes, although nothing too drastic, especially at the top.

The Pirates are in a good position with a lot of impact talent. They’ve got seven guys who could contend for Baseball America’s top 100 this year, and a few more guys who could make the jump to top 100 prospects with a breakout 2014 season. They will probably graduate Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco in 2014, but young guys like Austin Meadows, Reese McGuire, and Tyler Glasnow will still provide a strong system after the 2014 wave arrives in Pittsburgh.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • hunter

    I think they have more than seven that could make various lists. Of course I say that because I saw Jason Parks said Baseball Prospectus had dropped Alen Hanson off but Josh Bell made it.

    • jaygray007

      his tweet: “Jason Parks ‏@ProfessorParks 31 Dec @zasman Close. Taillon, Polanco, Glasnow, Bell, McGwire, Meadows, Kingham (Hanson didn’t make the 101)”… I love hearing that Bell’s having a little prospect renaissance.

      i bet heredia and hanson both at least make someone’s list. that’s 10 guys who are at least worthy of SOMEONE’s top 100.

      • jaygray007

        in other news, math is hard… 7 + 2 is 9, not 10.

      • PiratesForever


        • jaygray007

          in my defense, that’s how it’s spelled in the tweet. that’s a direct copy and paste. i wouldnt normally defend myself there, but just because i just had my lack of math comment, i feel it’s necessary.

  • leefoo

    Pretty darn awesome. Can’t wait for THAT book to arrive, also.

    • STLSledge

      Like it a lot!!!

  • buster09

    How can this be ? It’s not The Cardinal Way ?

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