Baseball America released their top 100 prospects list on Wednesday afternoon and they have three Pittsburgh Pirates among the top 80 players.
Mitch Keller again ranks at the top prospect for the Pirates. He has dropped a little for BA though, going from 14th in their mid-season update, to 26th today. He was up to 11th at one point last year. Right-handed pitching is a position of strength in the minors right now and it shows by Keller’s ranking. He is the ninth best right-handed pitcher according to the list. MLB Pipeline had him fourth for his position.
Ke’Bryan Hayes cracked the top 50, ranking 49th overall. He is ranked fourth overall for third basemen, which is where MLB Pipeline had him yesterday. Hayes was not in the mid-season top 100 for BA.
Oneil Cruz is the third Pirate on the list, ranking 79th overall. That has him 11th overall for shortstops. BA seems to be on the same page as Pipeline with these last two rankings. Just this morning, Cruz received the honorable mention spot for the top ten shortstop prospects from Pipeline. In BA’s mid-season update, Cruz ranked 100th overall, one spot behind Calvin Mitchell.
The top 100 list for MLB Pipeline will be announced live on MLB Network on Saturday night. I plan to have a special live discussion thread that night, as the prospect list immediately follows shows covering the top ten left fielders and top ten center fielders (one hour each for all three shows). We will have more top 100 info later today. Once all of the top prospect sources release their top 100 lists, we will post a combined list to see the average rankings.
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.