Comparing the Makeup of the Pirates System to the MLB Averages

Comparing the Makeup of the Pirates System to the MLB Averages

The Pirates system often gets compared to other systems in terms of quality.  In fact, it is often ranked very highly by all of the national outlets.  But how does it compare in other aspects? Is it pitching-heavy or position player-heavy? Was it built more through the draft or international signings compared to the average farm system?

I recently posted some research on Batting Leadoff that looked at characteristics of MLB organizations. I found league-wide statistics by using’s organizational top 20 prospect lists.  The first characteristic I examined was the position of the top prospects, specifically whether they were hitters or pitchers.  Then I analyzed how the prospects were acquired, whether through the draft, international signings, trades, or other less common methods....

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