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Don't Like Our Farm System Now?

A reliable source recently disclosed this conversation, in September 2007, between Dave Littlefield (as he was packing up his belongings) and Neal Huntington.  

Neal: So, before you go, show me the Pirates’ farm system.

 

Littlefield: You want to see the farm system?!  I don’t have to show you the farm system!  I don’t have no stinkin’ farm system!!  I don’t neeeed no stinkin’ farm system!!!

The recent losing streak allowed us to wail, gnash our teeth, rent our clothes, and debate the health of the Pirates’ current farm system. I am part of the camp that believes that Huntington needs to be measured as a GM by the baseline of what he inherited.  Some fair-weather fans seem to think that Huntington should be evaluated as if he had the farm system of the Tampa Bay Rays, the resources of the New York Yankees, and the baseball insight of Tony LaRussa. So I decided to display our 2007* (the last year Littlefield meddled with the team) farm system the same way that I’m tracking the Pirates’ current team.

Because this is an attempt to re-create the 2007 farm system, contract status is less accurate. For these charts, I’m using information about a player’s 2011 status to estimate that player’s 2007 status.  I also did not do an in-depth analysis of our prospects.  I simply reviewed players at each level to see whose appearances and ages made them a potential prospect and relied upon some old posts from Bucs dugout – its interesting to see trade deadline open threads with 27 comments!

As always, my starting points are Baseball Reference, Cot’s Contracts, and Bucs Dugout.

 

Player

Acquired

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

 

C

Ronnie Paulino

FA97

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Doumit

Dr99

AAA

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Lerud

Dr03

A

AA

AAA

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1B

Adam LaWhiff (aka Adam LaGidp)

Tr07

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brad Eldred

Dr02

AAA

27

28

29

30

31

32

33

 

 

 

 

Jason Delaney

Dr05

A+

AA

AAA

27

28

29

30

31

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2B

Freddy Sanchez

Tr03

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelby Ford

Dr06

A+

AA

AAA

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

Jim Negrych

Dr06

A

A+

AA

AAA

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SS

Jack Wilson

Tr00

29

30

31

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Bixler

Dr04

AAA

AAA

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

Angel Gonzalez

FA?

A

AA

AAA

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3B

Jose (we hardly knew ye’) Bautista

Tr04

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neil Walker

Dr04

21

AA

AAA

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

N.O. Won

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LF

Jason Bay

Tr03

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nyjer Morgan

Dr02

AAA

27

28

29

30

31

32

 

 

 

 

 

James Boone

Dr05

A

A+

AA

AAA

28

29

30

31

32

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CF

Chris Duffy

Dr01

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nate McLouth

Dr00

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew McCutchen

Dr05

20

AA

AAA

23

24

25

26

27

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RF

Xavier Nady

Tr06

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Pearce

Dr05

24

AA

AAA

27

28

29

30

31

32

 

 

 

Jamie Romack

Tr?

21

A+

AA

AAA

AAA

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST = Service Time

 

 

Player starts year in AAA but sees ML service; not eligible for arbitration.

 

OL = Options Left

 

 

Player is not eligible for arbitration.

 

 

 

Player is eligible for arbitration.

 

 

 

 

Player is under contract.

 

 

 

 

Player is under an option that the Pirates may exercise.

 

 

 

 

Player is eligible for free agency and is presumed not to be with the Pirates.

 

Player

Acquired

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

S1

Ian Snell    

Dr00

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brad Lincoln

Dr06

Injury

A+

AA

AAA

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S2

Tom Gorzelanny

Dr03

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

Bryan Bullington

Dr02

AAA

27

28

29

30

31

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S3

Paul Maholm     

Dr03

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Burnett

Dr00

AAA

AAA

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S4

Zach Duke

Dr01

24

25

26

27

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Redmond

 

A+

AA

AAA

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S5

Matt Morris

Tr07

32

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Van Benschoten

Dr01

AAA

28

29

30

31

32

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set-up

Salomon Torres

FA01

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closer

Matt Capps

Dr02

23

24

25

26

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Moskos

Dr07

A-

A+

AA

AAA

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(* I believe that the impact of the Bonifay regime is too attenuated for us to complain about. Littlefield was hired to improve, not degrade, the team that he inherited.)

 

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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