Baseball America Ranks the Pirates as the Third Best Farm System

Baseball America posted their new rankings of the farm systems around baseball on Wednesday morning. The Pittsburgh Pirates are third on this new list.

Going into 2021, the Pirates ranked 15th for Baseball America, so this is quite a jump over one year. Their highest ranking in the last five years was seventh overall in 2017. What is perhaps more impressive about this new ranking is the fact that the Pirates graduated their top prospect (Ke’Bryan Hayes) since last year’s list. BA placed six Pirates among their top 100 prospects recently. In addition to the high-end talent, BA also points to the extreme depth that the Pirates have acquired/accumulated over the last two years.

The Pirates only trail the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays on this list of top farm systems. Those two clubs ranked 1/2 in reverse order last year. There isn’t another National League team on this list until you reach the seventh spot with the Cincinnati Reds. The rest of the NL Central ranks: 15th Cubs, 18th Cardinals and 25th Brewers. The only team that made a bigger jump than the Pirates was the Texas Rangers, who moved from 24th to ninth.

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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