Pittsburgh Pirates: Best Prospect From Each Country

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Apr 28, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington observes batting practice from the dugout before the game against the Kansas City Royals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Baseball is a very diverse sport and the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system has plenty of players from around the world. Who are the best from each country?

Baseball is a game played throughout the world. Although it originated in the United States, it has since spread across the globe. It’s arguably more popular in Asian countries like Japan and South Korea than here in the United States.

Major League Baseball is a very diverse professional sports league, given how widespread baseball is. Over 30% of players on major league Opening Day rosters were not born in the United States, and every team has multiple players that were not born on US soil, which extends to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirate prospect list is filled with high-end talent from all over the world. They’ve drafted, traded for, and signed many prospects to make a phenomenal farm system. They’ve also been one of the most diverse teams in MLB history. They put together the first-ever all-minority line-up and had the first MLB players from South Africa and Lituania debut. They were also the only team who did not vote to boycott games against the Brooklyn Dodgers when they signed Jackie Robinson and hired Branch Rickey (the man who signed Robinson).

Today, I want to look at the best prospect from every country represented in the Pirate organization. Two countries that aren’t represented in the organization despite being baseball powerhouses are Cuba and Japan. Just to preface, the list we will look at today isn’t in any particular order.