Baseball America will release their full top 100 prospects list tonight on MLB Network at 9pm, covering the top 50 selections on an hour long show(results updated below). We will update those rankings as they come along, but for now, they have posted their choices for the 51-100 best prospects in the game. The Pirates have just one player in the second half, as Harold Ramirez is ranked 95th overall. J.J. Cooper has a video scouting report on Ramirez, seen in the tweet below.
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) February 12, 2016
While it isn’t a list that we post an article about, Scout.com recently posted their top 100 list, including seven Pirates on the list.
Check back later for updates on the top 50 from Baseball America, which we will post as each one is announced.
Update 9:09 PM: Josh Bell is ranked 38th. Looks like Jameson Taillon missed the top 100 for the second time this off-season. Keith Law mentioned that he left Taillon off due to the uncertainty of missing two years and doubting how much he could contribute this year. Taillon didn’t get in any innings during regular games, but he worked his way up from one inning to five innings in Extended Spring Training, while pitching on a five-day schedule. He also pitched games during the Fall Instructional League, so he won’t be starting 2016 trying to build off zero innings. Those innings will be taken into consideration when the Pirates decide how to use him this year.
9:20 PM: Austin Meadows is ranked 22nd. That’s right about when everyone has him. Pirates will have four players on the list, with Tyler Glasnow still to be announced. An addition for Josh Bell…they gave him a Bobby Bonilla comp. Can’t remember hearing that before.
9:40 PM: Glasnow ends up 14th, two spots ahead of where BA had him last year. He’s just eight spots ahead of Meadows. While everyone has them ranked close to each other, there isn’t a big difference in most minds.