BRISTOL, Va. - This week I wrapped up my annual coverage of the Bristol Pirates. Some of the players at the level are guys I have seen already this year in extended Spring Training, although a lot changes in a quick amount of time at this level, and I like getting a late-season look at the lower levels to track those things. I was also seeing some of the 2017 draft picks for the first time.

The biggest takeaway was that Bristol was just a horrible team. The hitting was bad, the defense was bad, and the one saving grace was the pitching, which kind of gets hurt by the defense.

This is mostly due to the approach the Pirates take with their lower level teams. They send their recently drafted prep players to the GCL. They send their best college drafted players to Morgantown. The followi...

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