Much has been made about Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington’s approach to developing home grown talent and we have started to see the results over the course of the past couple of seasons.
Apparently the rest of baseball is taking notice as well.
MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo recently ranked the Pirates No. 1 in terms of the top farm systems in all of baseball. Fellow MLB writer Jim Callis ranked the Houston Astros No.1 but theses rankings further prove the point that the future of Pirates baseball is indeed a bright one.
The Pirates current roster consisted of eight homegrown players. Players such as Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker and Starling Marte came before Huntington, but his fingerprints were all over this team from Pedro Alvarez to Gerrit Cole and everyone in between.
However this isn’t about the present, it is also about the future.
Those three highly though of prospect make MLB’s Overall 100, but that’s not it. First-round outfielder Austin Meadows, Mexican lefty Luis Heredia and right-hander Tyler Glasnow are all highly touted prospects, giving the Pirates six players in the Top 100. Throw in outfielder Josh Bell and catcher Reese McGuire, who are both expected to crack the Top 100 soon and the Bucs could have a ridiculous eight prospects crack the Top 100 next season.
It may have taken a bit longer than Huntington may have liked, but the Bucs system is loaded with both depth and talent. The good part is that there is a lot to like about prospects 11-20 in the system as well and not just the Top 10. That likely means that there will be no drop-off in talent after the first six or seven reach the majors.
That alone speaks volumes about the depth of the farm system.
The Pirates posted a winning season for the first time in 20 years in 2013. By the looks of their farm system, winning is something that should continue in the city of Pittsburgh.