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Keith Law Ranks Three Pirates Among His Top 25 Prospects


For Insiders today, Keith Law posted his updated top 25 prospect rankings and three Pittsburgh Pirates made the list, with all three moving up spots since his last update. Tyler Glasnow moved into his top ten(9th), up three spots from the previous update. Two other players entered the top 25, after falling just outside it earlier in the year. The second one might surprise you.

Austin Meadows is now the 13th best prospect in the game according to Law, moving up from 32nd overall. Law was fairly high on him to begin with compared to others, so this is an even bigger jump than it appears. Meadows has looked good all season, posting an .804 OPS that ranks him ninth in the FSL, where he is one of the youngest players in the league.

The third member of the top 25 is Jameson Taillon. You figure if anyone was going to move up in the rankings, it wouldn’t be someone that hasn’t thrown a pitch during a regular season game since 2013. He could move up a few spots due to players graduating to the big leagues, but you figure some other prospects could move up as well based on performance. Taillon went from 36th in the last update, up to the 22nd spot.

Glasnow may have been higher if it wasn’t for any ankle injury that has caused him to miss two starts now and leave two others early. Prior to that, you could make a case for him being a top five prospect in the game, especially with some big names ahead of him(Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Blake Swihart) moving up to the Majors.

John Dreker
John Dreker
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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