Baseball America updated their farm system rankings on Thursday morning to reflect the changes in each system after the draft and trading deadline. The Pittsburgh Pirates now rank 14th overall on their updated list.
The NL Central is closely bunched up in the new rankings, except for the Chicago Cubs. The Milwaukee Brewers rank the highest at eighth overall. BA calls them a near-elite farm system, or as they separated them into groups, the Brewers would be in their third tier. They are followed by the Cincinnati Reds at #11 in that same tier, which ends with them. The next tier includes the Pirates one spot behind the St Louis Cardinals. The Chicago Cubs are all the way down at #28 in a small group called the bottom of the barrel.
MLB Pipeline also ranked their top farm systems, alth...
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