Ever since the Pirates hired Neal Huntington as general manager after the 2007 season, the team has focused heavily on its farm system. The idea was to develop one that would provide a constant stream of players to the major league team. That was a daunting task, because the system as it stood in 2007 was so bad. I thought it’d be interesting to take a glance ahead at what the system may look like at the start of the 2012 season, and compare it to the system at the start of the 2007 season.

What I’ve done below is compare the regular and semi-regular players, including the rotation and key relievers, who opened the 2007 season at Indianapolis to the ones who may open the season there in 2012. Obviously, I’m making a lot of guesses on the latter, so feel free to disagree. I’m not trying ...

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