Pirates Named Fourth Best Farm System in Baseball

MLB Pipeline has released their top 30 prospects list for the Pittsburgh Pirates and ranked the organization as the  fourth best farm system in all of baseball. The Pirates have seven prospects make MLB Pipeline’s top 100 list, led by Tyler Glasnow in the 13th spot(Glasnow was 12th until Yoan Moncada signed), so the high ranking overall wasn’t unexpected. Led by Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, MLB Pipeline was fairly high on all the top prospects in the Pirates system, ranking all seven ahead of their average ranking between five majors lists.

As for the top 30 list, no major surprises at the top, especially since we already knew the top seven from the top 100 list linked above. Harold Ramirez, Cole Tucker and Mitch Keller round out their top ten. The new players in the system from the Baltimore Orioles, Stephen Tarpley and Steven Brault, were ranked 23rd and 29th respectively. Adrian Sampson was well down their list, coming in at 24th.

Each player has ratings based on the 20-80 scouting scale. Both Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon have a 60 overall rating, the only two in the system at that level. It is interesting to note that there isn’t much difference between Trey Supak at #12 and Stetson Allie at #30, because everyone in that range is a 45 for overall score. Harold Ramirez, Cole Tucker, Mitch Keller and Elias Diaz all rate as 50’s, while the rest of the top ten(Josh Bell, Austin Meadows, Reese McGuire, Nick Kingham and Alen Hanson) have a 55 rating.

Jonathan Mayo breaks down the organization by best tools, how they were built, by the position and ETA. He has two catchers making the biggest jump/fall. Elias Diaz went from unranked to #11, while Jin-De Jhang didn’t handle the aggressive promotion to Bradenton well and fell from #19 to off the list.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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They are growin some good taters on that there farm.

Will Sanchez

not too many A rated players, too many C rated (on the scale =45 Platoon/Util players )


Interesting, they have an ETA on Alen Hanson of 2015. Seems highly unlikely to this observer.

Bill Kline

They also have Jameson Taillon’s eta as 2016.


That could definitely be true.

Kenny Moore

I hope not. At worse he should be a September call up. I understand monitoring him very close but if he is good as we all hope/think he should pitch at PNC sometime this season.

Mike Gordon

It is funny to think that both Harvey and Sale were picked after Jameson in that draft.


Agreed. Even if it is a one or two game showcase late.


I think there’s a good chance he is a September call-up this year, so that ETA seems pretty reasonable IMO

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