https://blogs.fangraphs.com/pittsburgh- ... ects-2023/
Fangraphs list is out for the Pirates, kind of a huge drop-off from the last time they reviewed the system. For context, their 2022 updated list had over 60 guys in their 35+ value bucket, basically the separation between a nobody and a "prospect". So that's almost 20 guys just cratering out of prospect status (think guys like Omar Cruz, Eddy Yean and Matt Frazier).
There's also some elements on this list, where I can look at it, and objectively call it utter dogshit.
Case in point, Travis Swaggerty is ranked 31. 20-24 are:
One might say, wow, this system is amazing if that's your 20-24, and then look and say, wow, Travis Swaggerty is 31, this system is dogshit.
What I say is that fangraphs falls prey to the same nonsense all prospect hype sites do, not being actual baseball scouts. Any prospect ranking piece can identify the prospects that rake and are clearly better than their competition and are good enough to play in the majors. But the rest is all just arbitrary nonsense. Fangraphs has been high Swaggerty since he was first drafted, despite years of evidence proving he's not any good, they still keep him around. And last year, they didn't like Gonzalez, and now they've been "vindicated" and decided he's trash.