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Baseball America’s Mid-Season Top 10 Pirates Prospects


Baseball America posted their mid-season top 10 prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday morning. The top half of this list was announced when they did their mid-season top 100 prospects list last week.

On that list, Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, Josh Bell, Kevin Newman and Mitch Keller were all in the top 52 spots in that order. The mid-season list for the Pirates has Harold Ramirez ranked sixth, followed by Cole Tucker, Steven Brault, Ke’Bryan Hayes and Reese McGuire rounding out the top ten. That’s different from their own top 100 list, which had Hayes ranked 72nd and no one else from that 6-10 group in the top 100, so they strayed a little bit there.

Even though he still has prospect eligibility, Jameson Taillon wasn’t considered for the list. Chad Kuhl and Adam Frazier were, since neither made the majors by BA’s June 22nd deadline for this list. Both were listed among the fast risers, along with Dovydas Neverauskas.

The falling player was Willy Garcia, which isn’t a surprise since they were high on him, ranking Garcia 12th in their prospect guide. He has hit just three homers this season, strikeouts are still a big issue and he has clearly lost some speed in the last couple years.

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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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