Pittsburgh Pirates Organization Discussion

Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington describes his plan to conquer the NL Central to reporters prior to the game against the Cincinnati Reds on July 19, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

I am now working on the Los Angeles Angels prospect report. The next team in line is the Pittsburgh Pirates, to be followed by the New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, and Colorado Rockies.

Use this thread to discuss the Pirates organization. The administration here has dumped a ton of money into the draft the last few years, focusing primarily on high-upside arms, particularly with over-slot high school pitchers. What do you think of the results? It looks very thin on the positional side to me. Would you do anything different in upcoming drafts, especially considering the changes in the CBA? What is your master plan to restore this team to competitiveness in the big leagues?

Do you see any risk that Gerrit Cole could become the Pedro Alvarez of pitchers?

As always, feel free to point out sleepers and overlooked players.

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