Baseball America Puts Seven Pirates In Their Top 100

Baseball America released their top 100 prospect list on Wednesday night and the Pittsburgh Pirates had seven players in the top 100.  Down below, you’ll see four other top 100 lists from around the industry and you’ll notice that the Pirates have had 6-7 prospects on each list and eight players total that have made at least three of the five lists. As for Baseball America, this is how they ranked the Pirates prospects.

Gregory Polanco was ranked tenth overall, the highest placement for him on any prospect list.

Jameson Taillon came in at #22, which is right around where he has ranked for everyone else.

Tyler Glasnow was rated 46th overall. It is his lowest ranking we have seen so far.

Austin Meadows came in 49th overall on the list. This is about where he falls for most people.

Nick Kingham ranked 64th, his highest ranking on any list.

Alen Hanson came in at #76, which is about where he placed for everyone except Baseball Prospectus, who actually left him off their list.

Reese McGuire was the seventh Pirate on Baseball America’s list, coming in at 81st. Josh Bell did not make the list, though he has made three other top lists.

Comparing The Top Lists

This is the fifth major prospect list to be released. Below are the results of the previous four from MLB.com, Keith Law, Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus.

MLB.com had six Pirates in their top 100, one less than the other three lists here, though they mentioned that both Nick Kingham and Reese McGuire just missed. Gregory Polanco (13), Jameson Taillon (16), Tyler Glasnow (27), Austin Meadows (45), Alen Hanson (67), Josh Bell (74)

Keith Law had seven Pirates in his top 100 list. Gregory Polanco (13), Tyler Glasnow (20), Jameson Taillon (27), Austin Meadows (35), Nick Kingham (73), Alen Hanson (74), Josh Bell (97)

Fangraphs placed seven Pirates in their top 100. Gregory Polanco (17), Jameson Taillon (20), Tyler Glasnow (43), Austin Meadows (48), Alen Hanson (74), Nick Kingham (75), Reese McGuire (90)

Baseball Prospectus had a slightly different view than the others, but still had seven Pirates. Jameson Taillon (19), Gregory Polanco (24), Tyler Glasnow (42), Reese McGuire (59), Josh Bell (77), Nick Kingham (80), Austin Meadows (89)

  • My initial reaction to Taillon’s placement has been surprise in some situations. However, considering the development strategy they have in place for their pitchers, which presumably cuts down on stats, the high teens/low twentys is great placement for Jameson. Arguably projection plays a large factor in prospect ranking, but performance is the other side of that coin. So my question is, if Taillon was able to pitch in a manner that some other organizations allow their guys in the mid/upper minors. Low teens, top 10? If the k’s really went up, maybe close to cracking the top 5?

  • I would love to see the number of players each major league team had on these lists.

  • Like everyone else, this is like music to my ears. Note that a few days after BP released its list, Jason Parks said that he made a mistake in leaving Hanson out of his top 101, so their revised list would have 8 Buccos.

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