We've reached the half way point in the minor league season, which usually means a few things. It means you've got new draft picks entering the system, with almost all of those guys going to the short-season leagues. It means you've got those short-season leagues starting up. And it means you're going to start seeing a lot of promotions throughout the minors.

The Pirates saw a lot of promotions over the last few weeks, with ten prospects promoted in the last ten days. That sounds like an MLB Network pre-season segment. Hopefully you're not reading the rest of this article with a Harold Reynolds voice in your head.

Before the promotions begin, I always see comments about "Promotion Chains". That's where people think that a group of players all need to move up at the same time across m...

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