The success of a farm system depends on a lot of things. You need good drafting. You need to sign talented players in the international ranks. You need good scouts to identify talent in both places. After the players are in the system, you need to develop them.
But even with all of the things that can be controlled, you still need luck to have a successful farm system. Part of that luck involves keeping everyone healthy. The Pirates haven't been so fortunate in that regard this season.
Over the weekend, it was announced that Jameson Taillon would have Tommy John surgery, putting him out for the 2014 season. On Sunday, the West Virginia Power game saw Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes go down with leg injuries, and both were placed on the DL today. Those two injuries give the Pirates six injuries to their top 20 prospects, including two major injuries. Here is an updated rundown of our top 20 prospects, along with their level, notes, and their injury status, if applicable. All lin...
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 AccuScore.com, 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.