Williams: The State of the Pirates’ Farm System Heading into the 2018 Season

Mitch Keller leads the Pirates' system right now, but they're going to need some breakout guys from the lower levels to improve the overall group. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Williams: The State of the Pirates’ Farm System Heading into the 2018 Season

In the last week, I've written about the projected 2018 rosters for all four full-season minor league teams in the Pirates' system. This process allows the chance to not only see where everyone in the system could start off next year, but also where the strengths and weaknesses are in the system, and the state of the overall system.

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Now that I've covered each individual level, I want to take a look at the overall system, focusing on the areas of depth, the weak areas, and the potential breakout guys in the lower levels.
Where is the Depth?
The depth in the system was obvious at two positions in particular. The first was with pitching, specifically right-handed starting opt...

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