Yesterday's Morning Report focused in on the 2017 minor league starting pitchers for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and how they were acquired by the team. It was a follow up to the same article a year earlier, giving a comparison between the two seasons. Over the previous two years, I have done the same thing for the position players on Opening Day. So today's Morning Report will be a comparison between the last three seasons and how the minor league hitters were acquired.

The 2015 list included numerous players on the disabled list, so there were 63 total players for the four teams. It included 34 draft picks, 14 international free agents, 14 players acquired via free agency and one player signed as a non-drafted free agent.

In 2016, there were 56 players on the Opening Day rosters. Of th...

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