My very first season covering this organization, I watched the Lynchburg Hillcats win the Carolina League championship. The organization was pretty grim at the time in terms of prospects, and seeing that young team with most of the prospects in the organization winning it all was a sign of hope.

The next year, many players from that same team went on to repeat their success, winning a championship with the Altoona Curve.

The Pirates' system has gotten much better since the 2009-2010 era. It peaked during the 2013-2014 years, but is still a strong group, with a lot of highly projectable guys in the lower levels. And history is starting to repeat itself in the upper levels, with the High-A and Double-A teams going back-to-back once again.

Last year the Bradenton Marauders won their ...

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