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 MinorLeagueBall.com 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 MLB.com ranked Alex Dickerson a...
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