Pittsburgh Pirates: Minor League Mid-Season Review

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Minor League Mid-Season Review
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At the beginning of the year, Baseball America rated the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system the 11th-best in the minor leagues.

Thanks to aggressive drafting and sound developing throughout the organization, the Pirates boast one of the better systems in the minors, including two elite right-handed pitchers in Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon.

The Pirates finished June with a 42-35 record, just one game behind the Cincinnati Reds for first place in the National League Central.

Much of their success so far in 2012 can be credited to former draftees who have progressed through the system like Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez and MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen.

If the Pirates maintain their position in the playoff race through the second half of the season, we could see several current minor leaguers playing a big role in September.

Here is a look at how the Pirates four full-season minor league teams have fared through the first three months of the season.

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