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It's been a while, but when it's quiet out there, it's quiet here. To tide you over until the next boneheaded trade or Moneyball-nose-thumbing coaching hire, check out these lists of Baseball America's Top 20 prospects in each league. If you're still doubting the many people who have claimed that the Bucs have almost nothing below Class AA except Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen, check these out.

Gulf Coast League (Bradenton Pirates): McCutchen is at #1, which is obviously fantastic, but there's no one else.

New York-Penn (Rookie-level Williamsport): Nothing, although the chat says to watch out for Matt Swanson, who throws hard but is already 23.

Sally League (Low Class A Hickory): Walker is at #2 - again, that's great, but there's nothing else here.

Carolina League (High A Lynchburg): Nothing.

Eastern League (AA Altoona): Paul Maholm is at #19. The chat has an ominous comment about Tom Gorzelanny:

Gorzellany [sic] had a solid season in Double-A before being roughed up in two of his three outings in the big leagues alongside fellow lefthanders Zach Duke and Paul Maholm. Gorzelanny has a good fastball, attacks the strike zone. He needs to better understand how to set up hitters and execute and command his pitches better. He has an 88-91 mph fastball, a decent slider and a real good changeup with good fade. He was in the 26-30 range on this list, and I believe he will wind up in the bullpen as a long reliever unless he can clean up his mechanics and better repeat his delivery.

International League (AAA Indianapolis): Zach Duke is at #3, Ryan Doumit is #13, and freshly injured Bryan Bullington is #16. Brad Eldred wasn't chosen, but he's described as "Travis Hafner in the making" in the chat, which I just don't see unless he miraculously develops some plate discipline.