This is the last installment of the comparison of the Pirates’ farm system as it stood at the beginning of 2007 and 2012. This part covers the low A teams, Hickory in 2007 and West Virginia in 2012.

Also See: Part One, Part Two, Part Three

Catcher

2007: Kris Watts
2012: Samuel Gonzalez, Jonathan Schwind

I always liked Watts better than the Pirates. He was a late-round draft pick and it was always clear that they only regarded him as an organizational player.

Gonzalez had a strong season at State College this year before getting hurt recently. He seems to be a legitimate prospect. It’s harder to say with Schwind, a college draftee who went to the GCL after the draft to make the transition from infielder to catcher. He’s dominated the younger competition there, but we need to...

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