How much has the pitching depth changed in the upper levels over the last three seasons?
Three years ago, Neal Huntington took over a team with a farm system widely regarded as barren. Seven years of poor drafting, unwillingness to spend any money in Latin America, and general disinterest in the system on the part of GM Dave Littlefield resulted in a shockingly weak organization, especially for a team that had been drafting early in the first round for many years. Going into the 2008 season, Baseball America rated the Pirates' system 26th in all of baseball. They would have ranked even lower, but two teams below them, the Tigers and White Sox, had just emptied out their systems in trades. In all of Littlefield's time in the organization, he produced only one farm system that BA rank...
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