MLB Pipeline will release their top 100 prospects tonight at 8 PM EST on MLB Network. I’ll update this article as any Pittsburgh Pirates make the list.
For comparison sake, we just had two top 100/101 lists released earlier this week. Baseball America had the following Pirates in their top 100.
26. Mitch Keller
49. Ke’Bryan Hayes
79. Oneil Cruz
Baseball Prospectus was a little more Pirate-friendly, placing five of them in their top 101.
82. Travis Swaggerty
97. Calvin Mitchell
I’ll post Pipeline’s as they are announced live tonight.
UPDATE: Pirates will have four players in the top 100, but the spot for Mitch Keller is still TBD (now updated). Here’s the rest:
19. Mitch Keller
46. Ke’Bryan Hayes
87. Travis Swaggerty
96. Oneil Cruz
The Pirates are averaging four players per top 100, led by Mitch Keller, who has an average placement of 21st overall. Hayes is ranked between 46th and 55th, with an average spot of 50th. Oneil Cruz made all three lists as well, averaging 89th overall.
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.