MLB Pipeline updated their top 100 prospects list yesterday and the Pittsburgh Pirates have three players among the top 75 spots.
Mitch Keller still ranks as the top prospect in the system. He is now rated 16th overall, after being ranked as the 14th best prospect in Pipeline’s mid-season update. Keller is rated fourth among all pitchers and second for right-handed pitchers.
Ke’Bryan Hayes is now 48th overall, up seven spot from the mid-season ranking. He is fourth among all third basemen.
Travis Swaggerty is rated 75th overall, up 13 spots from the mid-season ranking. He is rated as the 17th best outfielder.
The Pirates had four players in the mid-season update for Pipeline. The difference here is that Shane Baz is no longer in the system, though he is also no longer in the top 100, dropping out in the current update.
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.