Last week, we looked at the progress of the top international prospects from 2012 and how they were doing in the system two years later. Now we take a look at the Pirates' 2012 draft class and how those twenty signed players are doing in the system. That was the year the Pirates didn't sign Mark Appel and also missed out on fourth round pick Brandon Thomas, so this class was immediately hurt by losing upside talent. The Pirates also lost the slot money from their bonus pool for each of those picks, so there wasn't money available to sign more players without paying a significant penalty. Barnes made a brief appearance with Bradenton this year Right away, we can knock out five of those players signed in 2012, from what was already a small signing class. Both Lance Breedlove and Dalton...
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