Found May 25, 2012 on isportsweb.com:
Pittsburgh Pirates: It’s About to Get Interesting isportswebDespite being only 4 games under .500, Pirates’ fans sense something catastrophic is brewing. 1.  Bob Smizik- one of the only Pittsburgh sports writers apparently unfearful of speaking negatively about the Pirates- hammered the team’s farm system, arguging that it’s far more hype than substance.  It’s hard to ignore.  Outside of SPs Gerritt Cole and Jameson Taillon, the organization’s top prospects have struggled significantly [preseason rankings in ( )]. (#3) OF Josh Bell (low-A)- Very young (19) and in his first taste of professional ball, the Pirates’ 2011 2nd round pick has a .288 OBP and .691 OPS through 15 games. (#4) CF Starling Marte (AAA)- Still has plenty of time to recover, but dropped from an .870 OPS at AA Altoona in 2011, to a .743 OPS through 40 games at AAA this year.  Marte is the organization’s only highly-touted hitter in the upper levels of their system. (#6) SP Kyle McPherson (AAA)- Has missed the sea...
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