Williams: Bridging the Gap From A-Ball to Pittsburgh

In my time covering the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system while Neal Huntington was the General Manager, I noticed a transition in the organization.

Prior to Huntington, the Pirates didn't have great communication in their minor league organization. One of the biggest things that Huntington and farm director Kyle Stark did was turn the Pirates' player development system into a more cohesive unit, rather than the disembodied mess it was under Dave Littlefield and every General Manager prior.

Thus far, under General Manager Ben Cherington's "build" strategy, I've seen this cohesive minor league system maintained, with a few upgrades. One of the most important, perhaps, is that every level seems to have a clear, specific developmental purpose.

I've written about how the Pirates are tryi...



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What do we make of players like Frazier, Peguero and Nick the Stick hitting AA and just leveling off (at least for now). Is that giving some insight in that something is afoul in the development train in Altoona or is each case just so specific to that individual that there really isn’t anything to point to as a whole? Overall, it seems to be a disappointing year in the minors.


Tim, I am still having login issues as well and cannot access premium content. I’ve reached out via email a few times, unsure if you’ve received them.


Please fix my login. I positive I’m paid but I keep getting bounced out. Either fix or refund my money as my patience are worn.


Love popping the hood and getting a look, great work Tim!

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