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Pirates Have the 19th Best Farm System According to Baseball America

Baseball America posted their updated MLB organization talent rankings on Thursday afternoon. The Pittsburgh Pirates rank 19th overall, one spot down from their preseason ranking from BA.

BA likes the top ten prospects for the Pirates, but they noted that the system has really thinned out recently. We recently posted about the top 30 prospects in the system according to BA and noted that some solid prospects just missed making that list. The two most recent international signing classes should help add talent at the lower levels, but that won’t really show up in the farm system rankings for a few years, so the system could drop even more as top-ranked players lose their prospect status later this season and into next year. The upcoming trade deadline could provide a little help, depending on which direction the Pirates decide to go by next Wednesday.

This 19th spot is the lowest for the Pirates in quite some time. BA had them in the #1 spot in 2014, followed by 7th in 2015, 11th in 2016 and back up to 7th again in 2017. They dropped to 16th place going into 2018 and then 18th place prior to the start of this season.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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