Yesterday's Morning Report focused in on the 2017 minor league starting pitchers for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and how they were acquired by the team. It was a follow up to the same article a year earlier, giving a comparison between the two seasons. Over the previous two years, I have done the same thing for the position players on Opening Day. So today's Morning Report will be a comparison between the last three seasons and how the minor league hitters were acquired.
The 2015 list included numerous players on the disabled list, so there were 63 total players for the four teams. It included 34 draft picks, 14 international free agents, 14 players acquired via free agency and one player signed as a non-drafted free agent.
In 2016, there were 56 players on the Opening Day rosters. Of th...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.