MORGANTOWN --\u00a0There is a solid youth movement within the Pittsburgh Pirates\u2019 organizations, which may be a scary notion these days.\r\nThat movement may begin with West Virginia Black Bears outfielder Travis Swaggerty \u2014 the Pirates\u2019 top pick in the 2018 draft \u2014 but by no means does it end there.\r\nIt\u2019s quite possible Swaggerty\u2019s progress up the ranks could mirror that of 19-year old Calvin Mitchell, who is batting .309 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs for the West Virginia Power (Charleston) at the moment.\r\nDeon Stafford \u2014 a catcher with the Power who played last season with the Black Bears \u2014 is already listed as the Pirates\u2019 No. 29 prospect in just his second year as a pro.\r\nDylan Busby (Power) has the potential to develop into a third baseman with some power in his bat and speed in his legs.\r\nThird baseman Ke\u2019Bryan Hayes (Class AA Altoona) was just named to the Futures All-Star game, and middle infielder Kevin Newman rocketed through the minors since starting with the Black Bears as the Pirates\u2019 top pick in the 2015 draft. He\u2019s now hitting .311 at Class AAA Indianapolis and could get the call to the Pirates this season.\r\nWe have little doubt about the baseball futures of these young men. We have a ton of doubt about their futures with the Pirates.\r\nAnd before you think this is just one more know-it-all who\u2019s going to rip into the rebuilding job done by general manager Neal Huntington and owner Robert Nutting, it\u2019s not.\r\nThis is a know-it-all who\u2019s going to rip into every small-market theory on how to build a baseball team.\r\nYou can throw Miami, San Diego and Cincinnati all in the same boat as the Pirates.\r\nEven Oakland\u2019s \u201cMoneyball\u201d approach \u2014 no matter how entertaining the movie may have been \u2014 is destined to fail.\r\nThe Pirates\u2019 rebuilding plan is destined to fail. OK, maybe \u201cfail\u201d is strong, but at the core of the plan, there is no strategy available to sustain any success that may head the Pirates\u2019 way.\r\nTo me, that\u2019s failing.\r\nIn short, let\u2019s say all of the guys listed above turn out to be great pro players who turn the Pirates into a winner in 2021.\r\nIn a way, compare them to what Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker accomplished from 2013-\u201915 after they progressed through Pittsburgh\u2019s minor-league system.\r\nBy 2024 \u2014 if any of them truly developed into the players Pittsburgh hoped for \u2014 they will have become too expensive for the Pirates to keep.\r\nOr they will have become too expensive to afford the team the opportunity to place other quality players around them.\r\nAnd then you rebuild again.\r\nTell me how that makes any sense? How can the slim hope of being better-than-decent for a few years outweigh the laugh-out-loud losing that has to take place before and after those seasons?\r\nAnd you can blame the lack of a salary cap in baseball if you want. The problem with professional baseball isn\u2019t the lack of a salary cap, it\u2019s the lack of a salary floor.\r\nSan Francisco\u2019s opening-day payroll of $221 million isn\u2019t as much the problem as Oakland\u2019s opening-day payroll of just under $63 million is.\r\nAnd because of the luxury tax system, the small-market owners continue to make money despite the product they put on the field.\r\nIn any way, you may want to enjoy these young players while you can.\r\nIf they do reach the big leagues, it\u2019s unlikely they\u2019ll be in Pittsburgh after their 30th birthdays.