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MLB Pipeline Ranks the Pirates as Having the Eighth Best Farm System


MLB Pipeline released their rankings of the top farm systems in baseball on Wednesday. They have the Pittsburgh Pirates ranked as the eighth best farm system.

This is the fourth farm system ranking we are posting here. The Pirates are in the same general area for everyone. Baseball America ranked them the lowest at 11th. The Athletic had them the highest in sixth place. ESPN was right in the middle in ninth place.

Pipeline had the Pirates ranked seventh at both the start of 2022, and in the middle of 2022. Going back to 2021, they had them ranked eighth to start the year, then they moved up to fourth mid-season.

The current rankings have them ranked fourth in the National League behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (2nd), Arizona Diamondbacks (3rd) and Cincinnati Reds (5th). The rest of the NL Central ranks ninth with the St Louis Cardinals, 12th with the Chicago Cubs and 15th for the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Pirates have four top 100 prospects for Pipeline.

John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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