The minor league season is roughly at the halfway point, so it's a good time to look back at the first half to see which players surprised and which disappointed. There are going to be more of the latter than the former. To some extent, this is normal. Prospects are a game of attrition; a team starts off with a bunch of guys whom it believes have potential and they gradually fall by the wayside until--hopefully--just a few are left to make an impact in the majors. In the case of the Pirates, there's the additional factor that the pitching at the system's lower levels has been deeply disappointing so far this year. In most of its drafts under the current front office, the team placed a large percentage of its eggs in the "projectable prep pitcher" basket. At this stage, there's growing reas...

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