Baseball Prospectus Ranks Pirates’ System 1st

Farm system rankings are still coming in, as Baseball Prospectus has published theirs.  It’s a subscription site, so I shouldn’t go into it much; the writeups are pretty brief anyway.

The punch line is, BP has the Pirates at the top.  They have some reservations about the pitching being risky, which of course it always is.  But they see the system as the deepest in baseball, with four top-50 bats and lots of guys who could be good regulars.

These rankings can have some interesting quirks.  If you remember, Keith Law had the Dodgers first and Jays fifth.  BP has them 17th and 22nd, respectively.  Somebody’s off a bit here.

Among the Bucs’ traditional enemies, the Brewers rank 19th, the Reds 18th, the Cards 16th and the Cubs 7th.

Having followed the Pirates fanatically since 1965, Wilbur Miller is one of the fast-dwindling number of fans who’ve actually seen good Pirate teams. He’s even seen Hall-of-Fame Pirates who didn’t get traded mid-career, if you can imagine such a thing. His first in-person game was a 5-4, 11-inning win at Forbes Field over Milwaukee (no, not that one). He’s been writing about the Pirates at various locations online for over 20 years. It has its frustrations, but it’s certainly more cathartic than writing legal stuff. Wilbur is retired and now lives in Bradenton with his wife and three temperamental cats.

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