Earlier today, John Sickels released his farm system rankings and had the Pittsburgh Pirates fifth overall. He also had the St. Louis Cardinals first overall. The Cardinals seem to be the consensus top farm system this year. I haven't received my Baseball America 2013 Prospect Handbook yet, but I've already seen that the Cardinals ranked first in their preliminary rankings.

A comment was made in the comments of the link above, questioning how the Pirates can pass the Cardinals. Commenter "Ecbucs" noted that the Cardinals had the better major league roster, a slightly better minor league system, and more money to spend. The "more money to spend" aspect leads to a discussion about how MLB's economic system is completely unbalanced. After going through that argument, you're left feeling ho...

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