The success of a farm system depends on a lot of things. You need good drafting. You need to sign talented players in the international ranks. You need good scouts to identify talent in both places. After the players are in the system, you need to develop them.

But even with all of the things that can be controlled, you still need luck to have a successful farm system. Part of that luck involves keeping everyone healthy. The Pirates haven't been so fortunate in that regard this season.

Over the weekend, it was announced that Jameson Taillon would have Tommy John surgery, putting him out for the 2014 season. On Sunday, the West Virginia Power game saw Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes go down with leg injuries, and both were placed on the DL today. Those two injuries give the Pirates ...

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