MLB Pipeline posted their mid-season updated lists of the top 100 prospects in all of baseball and also the top 30 prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Three Pirates made the top 100, led by Mitch Keller in the 28th spot, who falls nine spots from the preseason rankings. Ke’Bryan Hayes ranks 39th, up seven spots from the preseason. Oneil Cruz ranks 62nd, jumping 34 spots from the preseason rankings. Travis Swaggerty was 87th in the preseason and didn’t make the updated top 100. He still ranks fourth in the system.
The top 30 has been updated with the 2019 draft picks ranked for the first time. Quinn Priester came in at sixth in the system for the Pirates, while Sammy Siani (pictured above) was one spot behind him. Both Jared Triolo and Matt Gorski also made the top 30. Michael Burrows was surprisingly left off the top 30, while Steven Jennings still ranks in the top 20. Cody Bolton only ranks 13th, though his scouting report on their site says he sits 90-95 MPH with his fastball, when he now sits 93-96, touching 98 MPH. Cole Tucker isn’t eligible for their list because he already spent 45 non-September days in the majors.
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.