MLB Pipeline updated their top 100 prospects list on Thursday and four Pittsburgh Pirates are included. The list earlier this year originally included three Pirates, but one of those was Austin Meadows and he’s no longer considered a prospect due to too many at-bats in the majors. At the bottom of the article, I added in their updated top 30 and the new top ten by positions.
The updated list has Mitch Keller ranked 14th overall, which is around the same area that most places rank him.
Ke’Bryan Hayes wasn’t on the earlier top 100, but he now debuts at 55th overall and second highest among Pirates.
First round pick Travis Swaggerty takes the third spot after being drafted tenth overall this year. He ranks 88th on their list.
Shane Baz is the fourth Pittsburgh farmhand to make the list, ranking 98th overall.
Pipeline also updated the top ten for each position. It’s a short list for the Pirates.
Keller ranks third for right-handed pitchers.
Hayes is fifth for third baseman.
Team Top 30
The team top 30 has also been updated and you already know the top four spots. Here’s the link for the rest of the list. There are rankings I disagree with obviously (would be crazy to have the same top 30 as someone else), but I don’t see any big surprises other than maybe Gage Hinsz since he’s such a huge question mark right now. Unless I’m forgetting someone off the top of my head, then there’s no major argument to be made, just moving players a few spots here and there.
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.