PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Despite falling short of their goals for the season and losing in the National League wild card game for the second season in a row, Baseball America has named the Pittsburgh Pirates their “Organization of the Year.”

Baseball America outlined their reasons for why the Pirates, despite their lack of playoff success, won this award.

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“…few, if any, franchises were more effective in finding value in trades and free agency outside their system. Internally, there were player development successes like the maturation of a home-grown ace. Few teams blend analytics and traditional baseball thought as seamlessly, and arguably no franchise does a better job of compelling different players, field staff, and front office personnel to pull in the same direction. Because of these factors, the Pirates are Baseball America’s Organization of the Year.”

From the trade for Francisco Cervelli, to bringing back AJ Burnett to reaching into the Korean Baseball Organization to find Jung-ho Kang, there is no disputing the Pirates had one of Major League Baseball’s strongest off seasons.

When you combine that with the mid-season acquisitions of Aramis Ramirez and J.A. Happ, General Manager Neal Huntington appeared to pull all the right strings this season.

You can read the full Baseball America article here.

In the article, you’ll also get an inside look at how the Pirates evaluate players, develop them and even keep track of them across the league when they look to make trades like in the case of Cervelli, a player the Pirates were interested in as far back as 2012.

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