Baseball America posted their updated farm system rankings on Wednesday afternoon. I've been asked numerous times recently where I think the Pirates rank among all 30 farm systems in baseball. That's a tough one for me to answer because I only follow the Pittsburgh Pirates.

My usual answer is that they ranked around 11-15 for most people coming into the season and they graduated a lot of top 30 prospects to the majors this year, so they are probably ranked a little lower than the start of the year. They haven't added more talent than they graduated, and they didn't have many breakout prospects. They also didn't have many disappointing seasons, so I didn't expect a big drop. At least according to Baseball America, my assumptions were correct as far as placement.

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