Baseball America released it's organizational report cards for the 2006 season and the Bucco's passed, but not at all with flying colors. The Pirates received a D+ overall, after receiving grades in 5 different categories. The categories included Major Leaguers, Minor Leagues, Talent Level, Player Procurement, Organizational Direction. Here is how the Pirates Fared:
Major Leaugers-Bringing in mediocre veterans may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but it led to another losing season and second-worst record in NL.
Minor Leagues-Altoona was only affiliate to reach the playoffs; Pirates left Williamsport to establish NYP affiliation with nearby State College, Altoona's sister franchise.
Talent Level-Much of Pirates' hope for the future lies with young arms like Tom Gorzelanny, and system is thin on premium talent after Andrew McCutchen.
Player Procurement-Got a couple of useful pieces in trading Sean Casey and Oliver Perez; went for college pitching in draft, led off by Brad Lincoln at No. 4 overall.
Organizational Direction-Hosting All-Star Game showed off great PNC Park to the nation, leading everyone to wonder when the Pirates will put a decent team in it.
Just for kicks, only three teams received an A-minus or better. The Twins and Tigers (A-) and the Dodgers received the only A.