It was a little over a year ago that there existed some big questions surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates' ability to draft and develop players. Most of the questions surrounding the minors were spilled over frustration from the collapse that the major league team suffered. It seemed to convenient to just throw in "and there's no help on the way from the minors" at the end of every doomsday story about the Pirates.

For those who followed the Pirates minor league system, you could see evidence that the drafting and developing of players was working, and beyond just first round picks. It hadn't spilled over to the national level, and it wasn't apparent to the casual fan that doesn't track the minors. All of that took place in 2013.

Tyler Glasnow and Nick Kingham were good pitchers befor...

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