Through a few well orchestrated trades and productive drafts GM Neil Huntington and the Pittsburgh Pirates have put together a talented farm system with some exciting prospects.
Baseball America has the Bucs farm system ranked as the 11th best in Major League Baseball, a steady improvement over the past number of years when their highest ranking was 15th.
With a bevy of talented minor leaguers in the system and a team in Pittsburgh that has fans thinking about the playoffs, the future is looking as bright as ever for the team that has been "rebuilding since 1992".
Here is a look at 12 prospects who should have Pirates fans excited for years to come.
(Note: I did not include any 2012 Draftees as none of them have seen any playing time in the Pirates organization yet.)