Found January 23, 2012 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
It’s been a slow week for Pirates news and discussion, but the Bucs’ minor league system has been getting some attention lately…and there’s nothing else to talk about…so here goes: John Sickels of ranked the Pirates’ overall minor league system 12th in MLB. That’s obviously not where we want it to be, but it is still a vast improvement over past years. Even last year, the Pirates were struggling to crack the top-15 on many lists. What’s more encouraging is that the #12 ranking put the Pirates 2nd in the NL Central, behind only #5 St. Louis. The teams that are behind are a good distance behind, too; the Cubs are 20th, the Reds are 21st, the Astros are 25th, and the Brewers are 28th. Obviously this is extremely subjective, but I’d say that’s a bit of good news. The biggest knock on the Pirates’ minor league system is the lack of offense, particularly power. There was a bit more good news on that front this week, when Jonathan Mayo of ranked Alex Dickerson a...

John Sickels Ranks the Pirates Farm System 12th Overall

For the first time ever, John Sickels of has released a ranking of the top farm systems in baseball. Normally Sickels ranks the prospects for each team in the majors and leaves it at that. This year he went a step further to put a ranking on every system in the majors. The Pittsburgh Pirates finished 12th on his list. Go here to read the rankings. Sickels started...

Sickels ranks Brewers' system third-worst

Spring Training is about a month away from really kicking into gear, meaning it's just about the time of year when organizational prospect rankings start trickling in. John Sickels of Minor League Ball released his rankings today, and while he likes a few of the Brewers' prospects, the organization still ranks near the bottom of the league. 28) Milwaukee Brewers: There is...

Starling Marte Named a Top 10 Outfield Prospect

Starling Marte is the number seven outfield prospect, according to Jonathan Mayo of released his top ten outfield prospects today, and had Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte on the list. Marte ranked seventh. Mayo cited Marte’s Eastern League batting title in 2011, along with his increase in power as strengths. He also brought up that the Pirates could...

Sickels Ranks Mets Farm System 15th

For the first time ever, John Sickels of Minor League Ball has released a formal ranking of the 30 minor league systems. He put the Mets square in the middle as the 15th best system saying this: 15) New York Mets: Solid depth in pitching, especially at the top with Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Jeurys Familia. It is hard to argue the Mets should be any higher than this looking...

Jays are #1

John Sickels has done a farm system ranking for the first time - and guess who's top?1) Toronto Blue Jays: Eight B+ prospects with ridiculous depth behind them.2) San Diego Padres: Incredible depth after the winter trades pushes this system almost to the top. 3) Texas Rangers: Continues to churn out talent, with much more percolating at the lower levels. I do not give the Rangers...

How good is the Pirates' minor league system?

Before I get into this post, I want to take a second to highly recommend Pirates Prospects' 2012 Prospect Guide. The 2011 version was invaluable to me when I was in Bradenton last spring and throughout the year as I tried to keep up with the Pirates' minor league system. The 2012 book is every bit as comprehensive. I can't imagine anyone anywhere knows more about the...

4 prospects earn top status from

Jonathan Mayo from recently released his top 10 prospects lists for each position. 4 Pirates’ farmhands made the cut. When it came to naming the top 10 right handed pitchers, Mayo rated 2010 1st round pick Jameson Taillon #3 and 2011 1st rounder Gerrit Cole #6. Taillon is expected to start off the season for Bradenton in the Florida State League after completing his first...

Who is Cory Mazzoni? A break-out prospect

In a report for, BP’s minor league reporter Kevin Goldstein lists 22-year-old Mets RHP Cory Mazzoni among 10 breakout prospects for 2012. The Mets selected Mazzoni with the 71st overall pick in the second round of last year’s draft out of North Carolina State University. He then appeared in 12 games for St. Lucie and Brooklyn, during which he was 2-1 with a 1.38 ERA...
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