The Pittsburgh Pirates are making a run for a second consecutive playoff appearance, something that seemed nearly unfathomable several years ago.
The club is built on a solid foundation with players like Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker and Starling Marte providing pop with their bats and pitchers like Gerrit Cole anchoring the starting rotation.
All of those players came through the Pirates’ farm system, but the good news is that the organization’s depth hasn’t been depleted by their emergence on to the big league scene.
Quite the contrary actually, as Baseball America rated the Pirates’ farm system as the best in baseball before this season.
While the Buccos battle on for the chance to play in October, all of the teams contained within the farm system have finished play for the year. Some of the best and brightest players on those teams have already made their way to Pittsburgh to claim their spot on the 40-man roster.
So here are the awards for the best players in the Pirates’ system, players who had spectacular seasons and players who could help this team win plenty more games down the road.