For the last few years we've been hearing the same thing over and over about the Pittsburgh Pirates' farm system. They're very top-heavy, but the system lacks depth. It was never clear what that meant. Did it mean they didn't have guys in the upper levels who could take over in the majors in the next year or two? If so, then I think the 2013 season is proving that theory wrong. I feel it meant that they had A level prospects, but didn't have a lot of B or C+ level guys. They had guys who could become stars, but not many guys who could become just good, reliable players.

The thing the Pirates did have was upside. While everyone was focused on Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and the other guys at the top of the system, people were dismissing the bottom of the system as "lacking depth". The ...

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