Baseball Prospectus has released their top 101 prospects, and placed five Pittsburgh Pirates prospects on the list. Their list was a bit different than the other lists, as they didn’t have any Pirates in the top 20, and had a few players ranked in much different orders than everyone else.
The top prospect was Tyler Glasnow, coming in at 21st overall. Glasnow has been the top prospect in the system in every ranking, but has been in the top 20 in all of the previous lists.
Jameson Taillon was next, coming in at number 26. Taillon has followed Glasnow in most lists. After those two is where the list sees some differences.
Josh Bell ranked third among Pirates, coming in at number 58 overall. That ranking isn’t so unusual. He was rated 34th overall by MLB.com, and 60th overall by Keith Law, while being rated the third or fourth best prospect in the system in most lists.
The ranking take a turn with Reese McGuire being ranked 59th overall, and fourth on the list. Meanwhile, Austin Meadows didn’t make the top 101. This isn’t a surprise is you’re familiar with the Baseball Prospectus rankings. They have been higher on McGuire than every other outlet, while also being lower on Meadows than every other outlet. Meadows was a top 50 prospect in both MLB.com and Law’s list, while McGuire was ranked 64th by MLB.com, and didn’t crack the top 100 for Law.
Nick Kingham was the final Pirates prospect on the list, coming in at number 67. He was ranked 74th by MLB.com, and just missed the top 100 in Law’s list.