Most of the time we say that minor league records don't matter, and that's mostly because it doesn't give you a sense of how good the farm system can be. Back in the Littlefield era, the Pirates would win league titles and have nothing to show for it down the line because they stacked the teams with older players who were too good for the level, but not good enough to be considered true prospects. That approach doesn't accomplish much. Despite that, playoffs do serve a purpose in the minors and it looks like the Pirates could come up short on playoff teams this year.

At the lower levels, the DSL and GCL Pirates have both been eliminated from the playoffs already. These levels don't matters as much for the point I'm trying to make, because no player from a team at a  lower level is going...

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