Williams: The Pirates Have a Group of High Upside Prospects Collecting in the Lower Levels

Mason Martin, Lolo Sanchez, and Calvin Mitchell are three of the high upside prospects emerging in the lower levels. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Williams: The Pirates Have a Group of High Upside Prospects Collecting in the Lower Levels

The Pirates have a rebuilding farm system. That kind of stuff happens when you graduate as many players as they have graduated in the past two years.

Jameson Taillon, Josh Bell, Adam Frazier, Chad Kuhl, and Tyler Glasnow are just some of the names who have left the prospect ranks. That takes a toll on the top of the system, and on the farm system rankings.

Those rankings really only mean so much when you're trading a high ranking for guys who are performing in the majors. The guys who have graduated in the last year or two all have five or six years remaining in the system. They didn't go anywhere. Some of them are still working on their development, even if they aren't technically "prospects" anymore.

But all of those graduates raise a question as to who will make up the next wav...

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