MLB.com has updated their top 100 prospects list, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have six players making the rankings.
Gerrit Cole leads the group, coming in at number eight. That’s a three spot improvement for Cole, who was ranked 11th coming in to the year. Jameson Taillon was next on the list, coming in at number 16. Taillon was ranked eighth coming in to the year. Both players have been passed this year by guys ranked lower in the pre-season rankings, although I wouldn’t say there’s a huge difference between any of the top pitchers in the #2 (Dylan Bundy) through #20 (Shelby Miller) range.
Next on the list was Starling Marte, who ranked 34th. Marte was ranked 40th during the pre-season, which was one of his highest pre-season rankings. The move for the outfielder seems like a natural shift as a result of players graduating from the top of the list.
Alen Hanson made the biggest leap for the Pirates, going from unranked on the pre-season charts, to coming in at number 54. Luis Heredia also went from unranked on the pre-season list to coming in at number 73. And finally, Gregory Polanco jumped on to the list at number 95.
Josh Bell was ranked 60th on the pre-season list, but fell off the list after missing most of the 2012 season with a knee injury.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.