WTM: What We Can Tell From Average Ages in the Pirates’ System Over the Years

The Pirates have generally fielded relatively young teams in the minors. Photo Credit: Wilbur Miller.
WTM: What We Can Tell From Average Ages in the Pirates’ System Over the Years

The importance, for minor league prospects, of age relative to level isn't a new concept to avid baseball fans.  We know that a 24-year-old tearing up Low-A doesn't mean much, and that a 19-year-old putting up merely decent numbers in Double-A is very promising.  Beyond individual situations, though, you may wonder what it says about a farm system if it's teams are habitually younger or older than the norm for their leagues.

This is an interesting question in connection with the Pirates due to the sharply divergent experiences of their current front office, under Neal Huntington, and its predecessor, under Dave Littlefield.  As you'll see below, since its early years, when the prospects in the system were signed under Littlefield, Huntington's farm system has generally had relatively yo...

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