My very first season covering this organization, I watched the Lynchburg Hillcats win the Carolina League championship. The organization was pretty grim at the time in terms of prospects, and seeing that young team with most of the prospects in the organization winning it all was a sign of hope.
The next year, many players from that same team went on to repeat their success, winning a championship with the Altoona Curve.
The Pirates' system has gotten much better since the 2009-2010 era. It peaked during the 2013-2014 years, but is still a strong group, with a lot of highly projectable guys in the lower levels. And history is starting to repeat itself in the upper levels, with the High-A and Double-A teams going back-to-back once again.
Last year the Bradenton Marauders won their ...
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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.