Ben Badler of Baseball America had some discussions today on the state of the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. The conversation started with this tweet from Badler.

http://twitter.com/BenBadler/statuses/250292356228714496

The five players are most likely Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Luis Heredia, Alen Hanson, and Gregory Polanco. Marte has 146 at-bats in the majors, and no longer qualifies as a prospect.

Badler responded to a few comments about high picks and the international market, mostly pointing out the success of raw players such as Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco. He also noted that Luis Heredia couldn't do a push up when he was signed, to illustrate how raw the right-hander was (and that just makes his success against college hitters two years later all the more impressive...

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