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Pirates' Farm System Improving

Thanks to Chad Bahamas, who found this. It's a set of rankings based on John Sickels' prospect grades for each organization, and it ranks the Pirates' farm system 16th, which obviously is middle-of-the-pack. That doesn't sound great, but in late January, Baseball America ranked the Pirates 26th; on February 1, Keith Law ranked them 24th. It's a far cry from what Jon Daniels has been able to do with the Rangers, but it's a great start. Neal Huntington didn't have a Mark Teixeira to trade, unfortunately--and no, Jason Bay doesn't count. (Daniels was a key player in the Worst GM competition last year; this year, he probably wouldn't even make the tournament.) By this point next year, the Pirates' system will hopefully be in the top ten.