I believe this season we can finally begin making a solid evaluation of Huntington's work. A large part of that evaluation will obviously come from the Pirates themselves and how Huntington draft products such as Alvarez and trade products like Tabata and McDonald perform. Huntington can take absolutely no credit when it comes to Walker, who he basically did everything he could to hold him in the minors until he couldn't anymore. Ditto for McCutchen, who was as we all know a Littlefield draftee.
In the upper minors, Rudy Owens and Bryan Morris will be key to evaluating Huntington's work, ditto for Sanchez in Altoona. The evaluation on such draft picks as Von Rosenberg, Cain, and Black can now commence. Unfortunately Taillon and Allie are about a year away before any real meaningful evaluation can begin from their work.
Lastly, I find this enlightening about Huntington's work. MLB.com rated the top ten prospects at each position. After all Huntingon has said and done, there is one, count em', one, uno, 1, prospect on the list. It's obviously Taillon, who hasn't thrown a pitch professionally yet. Could MLB.com be completely wrong? I would add Sanchez to the catchers top ten, but thats it. I believe such highly reguarded prospects as Marte would be considered a second tier prospect in most competent baseball organizations.
The main point: Don't get me wrong guys, I like Marte. And I do believe Huntington has done a better job than Littlefield. But it's like a C student is obviously better than an F student, but there is still room for improvement.
Here's the link I referenced: http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110120&content_id=16473086&vkey=news_pit&c_id=pit