Pirates Place Five in MLB Pipeline Top 100 Prospects

MLB Pipeline unveiled their top 100 prospects tonight on their website, with the top 50 being announced on MLB Network live. Full results can be found at the bottom of this article. For a refresher, here are their top tens by position from the last two weeks:

Catchers- Elias Diaz and Reese McGuire

Right-Handed Pitchers: Tyler Glasnow

Outfielders: Austin Meadows

Second Basemen: Alen Hanson

First Basemen: Josh Bell

Third Basemen: Ke’Bryan Hayes

Here is last year’s top 100 list from MLB Pipeline when they had seven representatives¬†from the Pirates.

If you want to follow along with Austin Meadows, he will be live tweeting during the show.

Baseball Prospectus released their top 101 today. For comparison with the upcoming MLB Pipeline list, here’s the BP list:

11. Tyler Glasnow

22. Austin Meadows

49. Josh Bell

51. Jameson Taillon

76. Reese McGuire

80. Harold Ramirez

This article will be updated as the Pirates on the list are announced.

9:05 PM: Reese McGuire ranked #98, the only Pirate in the 76-100 range. Jameson Taillon ranked 54th, giving the Pirates two in the 51-100 range.

Josh Bell came in 49th, same spot as the BP list. That means that the Pirates will have five players on the list as it’s highly unlikely anyone else except Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasnow will be in the top 40.

9:25 PM: Austin Meadows is #20, so this list has a lot of similarities with BP earlier. Between Meadows, Taillon and Bell, they are a total of five spots apart. Glasnow will probably be very close to #11 as well.

9:35 PM: The final tally is in and the Pirates have five players:

#10 Glasnow

#20 Meadows

#49 Bell

#54 Taillon

#98 McGuire

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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Timothy G

I really like Meadows and hope they do not eventually trade him. I realize the outfield is set for a while but does Meadows have a higher ceiling than Palonco? Although I don’t want to trade Palonco either, would this be a better choice? How about trying to move Meadows to the infield? He is talented enough. thoughts?


MLB Pipeline has a different list on mlb.com that has five Pirates prospects also. Glasnow is #7 overall and Hanson is the 5th at #66 , ahead of McGuire who isn’t ranked on their list.


Off topic but I just read an article about projected mlb team salaries and the cardinals being number 10 rank at $136 million minimum. How are small market teams evaluated? And I’m thinking about the competitive balance draft pick the cards keep getting. Cubs at around $150 million for a lot of young talent.

Steve Zielinski

I believe eligibility for the Competitive Balance Picks is determined by market size and revenue. So, the Cardinals are a small market team. Their market is small enough that it makes St. Louis eligible for these picks. St. Louis is a small market, high revenue organization. It is successful on and off the field. It’s an anomaly given the intentions of the Competitive Balance Draft

The eligible teams receive their slots based on their most recent won/loss records and the output, I would imagine, of a random number generator.


Isn’t Seattle one of the “small” market teams. I just remember when that list came out there were a couple of ridiculous teams.

Steve Zielinski

The Mariners, Dbacks and Cardinals are teams that have money to spend on FAs, and are not like the penny pinchers who populate the list.


TV market size maybe? Metro population? It’s a good question.

Awhile back, I remember the Angels or one of the NY teams grumbling about those picks. I think it’s going to change again.


No surprises here…those 5 you expect in a top 100 list, although their actual placement may be up for debate. I’m not shocked that Ramirez, Diaz and Hanson were left off, as none were high draft picks. But, I do believe that all three are generally underrated and undervalued on these lists.


John, do you see Bell having more upside than Brandon Belt?


If Bell was still an OF, does he get ranked higher? And similarly, how would you guys grade his defense as an OFer?


Thanks. I appreciate all of the interaction tonight. It feels like there’s a game on

Mallorie D

which team has the most on this list? Have to think Pirates are pretty high up on that list.


Braves I think.

Mallorie D

Cubs have more also. They have 6, although many of them are not close to coming up yet for awhile.


Braves are deep, but don’t I think they are as top heavy as Pittsburgh.


It seems like they’re cutting to commercial break every 5 minutes

Sean Quinn

Anyone else surprised to see the Cards with little to show on this list? Seems weird.


How many good SSs do the freaking Cubs have?


John, do you know anything about Ian Happ?


Think I saw him rated in the 70s here? I wonder how open to interpretation 75-100 are, compared to guys just on the cusp? Probably becomes more of a Stat line beauty contest.


John…do you know if Dilson Herrera lost his prospect status or is he not considered one of MLB’s Top 10 prospects at 2b?



Who do you feel will be better in the show?

Dilson or Hanson?


Thanks for the response, John….Excellent insight. No doubt Hanson has the tools to be a very good pro, but the focus and maturity seem to plague him. He could be on the opening day roster and if he could conceivably be the opening day starter at 2nd…His speed is a game changer, if he applies it correctly


Are the immaturity issues still a hot topic. He fielded his position very well last year, remaining focused even though his hitting dropped and he awaited a potential call up. I also don’t think he was disciplined for anything either


Maturity will do wonders for him, and the realization that he has it within his grasp to be financially set for life. I did think that the Mets were going to give Dilson a shot this year, but he may now become trade bait.

I think Alen Hanson is an intense kid who let the errors on defense at SS get to him because he was not mature enough to accept failure – and that is not a bad thing.


See John’s response.


Hurdle seems like the exact type of manager that can get the most out of him, as well as the core in PGH…Cutch, Cervelli, Harrison would be all over him.


Yeah I agree, that positive environment will hopefully do wonders for him.


He has a much better chance for success playing for PGH, than a team like Cincy….PGH will make him accountable.

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