Jonathan Mayo: Pirates have baseball's best farm system

USA TODAY Sports

I missed this yesterday -- Jonathan Mayo argues that the Pirates have the best farm system in baseball. (Jim Callis, meanwhile, picks the Astros.)

Mayo points out that, while the Pirates' 2013 roster wasn't primarily homegrown, and that's an aspect of the Pirates' 2013 success that's really interesting. In 2007, Neal Huntington and company probably imagined that the next good Pirates team would be successful primarily because of the draft. Obviously, the Pirates got a lot of mileage in 2013 out of players like Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole and Neil Walker, but they also got more than they possibly could have imagined out of veteran acquisitions like A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano, Russell Martin, Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon. If the Pirates' success continues (and with the leaps forward the farm system has taken in the past two years, that obviously looks at least reasonably likely), that success will probably be fueled more by homegrown players.

Anyway, a lot of the specific praise for the farm system here will be familiar to most of us, but it's nice to see them ranked the very best by someone who knows what he's talking about.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bucs Dugout

You must be a member of Bucs Dugout to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Dugout. You should read them.

Join Bucs Dugout

You must be a member of Bucs Dugout to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Dugout. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker