For the last three drafts, the Pirates have focused heavily on pitching, mostly of the high school variety. Combined with a number of trades that brought in pitching prospects, they now have a great deal of pitching depth throughout their farm system. The prospects who project as front-of-the-rotation starters are largely below AA, while the upper levels have a number of pitchers with the potential to be major leaguers, but who may never profile as more than 4th or 5th starters, or as relievers.

This installment will focus on the pitchers who will, or may, open 2012 as starters at the top three levels in the system. It’ll become obvious pretty quickly that there are more pitchers at every level than can fit in a rotation. Too many pitchers is seldom a problem, though, as there are almos...

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