It gets exhausting watching a team go through a rebuild, especially when we just watched one that failed due in no small part to poor execution. Even for those of us who think given MLBs economic imbalance this provides the best shot at delivering a team in the conversation at some point you want to start seeing some of it show signs.
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.
There isn’t much that can be written to show the Pirates have changed the way they develop talent, Even if the 2020 season had been normal the club made minimal changes to the development system because of how late in the game Cherington was brought in.