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First Pitch: What the Lower Level Talent Gap Says About the Pirates’ System

Stephen Alemais is one of few strong position player prospects in West Virginia this year. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
First Pitch: What the Lower Level Talent Gap Says About the Pirates’ System

It's hard to believe right now, but there was a time not too long ago when every time I mentioned the performance of a hitting prospect, I'd get a sarcastic question of "Can he pitch?"

Not long before that, when I would talk about a pitching prospect, the question would be "Can he hit?"

This would rotate depending on the current strength and weakness of the farm system, along with the current strength and weakness of the team. It always went in cycles, and that continues today and will continue for as long as MLB has a farm system approach to developing players. A farm system is never going to have an equal amount of prospects on either side of the ball, spread evenly through the levels. An MLB team is never going to have zero weak spots on the roster. And if you're looking for that,...

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