I’d imagine both coaches had to blow off some steam after this one. An error filled disaster of a baseball game on both sides of the diamond. So it was an odd night to have Kevin Young in the booth talking about defense and the importance of it in the system.
Since I’ve been writing about the Pirates, few people have been more generous with their time than Michael McKenry. First of all, to talk to a catcher always provides more information than any one other position set. Catchers have to hit, play good defense, and understand pitching at a level some pitchers don’t even get to see.
Some people are already starting to talk about the Pirates system being a top rated unit in the coming years. I’m not here to dump on that thought, it’s probably true. As we all should have learned through the years MLB games aren’t won in the minor league system, they’re of course won by developing those players into MLB talent.
People love to scream this at me on social media and they puff out their chests so proud of themselves for having example after example of the Pirates failures over the years to get prospects across the finish line.
Let me start by saying this, it’s not all about money. Certainly some of it is but even the Dodgers would take two looks at this roster and turn it over. Now, they wouldn’t go about it in the same way, but they certainly wouldn’t rest on this roster believing they were close.
One thing that really hits home when your team reaches the bottom of the food chain in MLB is that they are staring at years of work to become a more relevant team. And if you live in Pittsburgh, chances are you see it as even more unreachable because your owner has never dedicated the money it takes to reach the summit.
One of the things the Pirates most needed to do this offseason is also one of the most boring, and it deals with the engine of the machine. The actual Farm Director, scouts, instructors, all in an effort to become more player centric throughout the organization.
After battling a movement they had little chance to stop, MiLB teams have had to instead find new ways to continue to be involved, and the prospect development pipeline or PDP, seems to be the answer.
For such a long time watching the Pirates, one of the best players on the roster perception-wise well, wasn’t on the roster. The top prospect is always expected to be the next answer for who will lead the Pirates back. Sometimes the faith is well placed and other times it’s a stretch at best.
Of all major North American sports, baseball has probably the hardest to swallow draft system. Who is this guy? When will he make it to the majors? What position will he play? These are all questions that most fans have when they see who their MLB club picked.