Last year I did a fun pre-season article breaking down the depth at each position for the 2015 Pirates, and what needed to happen to get to each player. It was well received, and I wanted to bring it back this year. I waited until Spring Training, figuring there might be some late additions to the roster. That paid off with the signing of Matt Joyce. After that, I didn’t get around to the article, which really paid off since they signed David Freese. And the extra time gave a bit more of a chance to analyze the roster, and see how the minor league free agents would factor in with the rising prospects.
The article last year used flow charts to show the different scenarios and different depth options the Pirates have. The charts this year show a lot of depth, although most of it is unproven in the form of prospects. There are a few disclaimers with each chart, with one of the big ones being that prospects aren’t guaranteed. So while the charts talk up the skills of these unknown players, realize that it might not work out. Another big disclaimer is that at any point, the team might be better off bringing in outside help for a position, rather than only sticking to internal options. This is mostly to show how the internal guys stack up.
These charts show areas of weaknesses for the MLB team, and also answer common questions about why certain players are on the team. For the most part, every position is strong once again, and if they run into problems, they’ve got a strong farm system to deal from. Now, here are the charts for 2016.
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