Baseball America has released their top 100 prospects list, and four Pittsburgh Pirates made the cut. The Pirates had Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Josh Bell, and Starling Marte represented on the list this year.
Cole was the top ranked prospect, coming in at number 12. Jameson Taillon quickly followed him, ranked at number 15. Baseball America listed an estimated time of arrival of 2013 for Cole and 2014 for Taillon.
Josh Bell was up next, coming in at number 60. Bell was rated 43rd by Baseball Prospectus, and finished in the 67-69 range in previous rankings. Baseball America listed 2014 as Bell’s ETA, which is very aggressive. That would have him making it to AA by the end of the 2013 season, and splitting 2014 between AAA and the majors.
Starling Marte was the last Pirates prospect to make the list, coming in at 73. Marte was 56th in the Baseball Prospectus rankings, 40th in MLB.com’s rankings, and 72nd in Keith Law’s rankings.
In a chat today, Jim Callis mentioned that Luis Heredia was one of ten names that just missed the top 100. Heredia has been hit or miss in the rankings this year, either considered a top 50 prospect, or a guy just outside of the top 100.