One of the best ways to figure out when (or if) a player is going to be promoted is by looking at what the organization has done with previous players. For the most part, each player is an individual circumstance and should be treated with an individual approach. However, there are usually a lot of trends you can find with an individual team which can be used to predict the path of future players.

For example, the Pirates have established a trend with their prep pitchers out of the draft. Most of them spend their first full season in extended Spring Training, then go to the New York-Penn League. The following season they make the jump to full season ball, spending the entire year in West Virginia. From there, we don't have a lot of precedent, mostly because the 2009 prep pitchers are th...

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