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MLB Pipeline Ranks Three Pirates Among Their Top 100 Prospects


MLB Pipeline released their new top 100 prospects list live on MLB Network on Saturday afternoon. They had three familiar names in their top 100.

The Pittsburgh Pirates had three players on Baseball America’s top 100 list earlier this week, with Mitch Keller, Ke’Bryan Hayes and Oneil Cruz all ranking in the 52-57 range.

Pipeline had the same three players on their mid-season updated list in July, with Keller ranking 28th, Hayes 39th and Cruz 62nd. Travis Swaggerty was the fourth Pirate on their preseason list last year, but he dropped out in the mid-season update.

In the new rankings, Keller still leads the way for all Pirates at 39th overall. He’s followed closely by Hayes at 41st overall, while Cruz ranks 64th.

That’s not a big difference from the mid-season list, with Cruz and Hayes each dropping two spots, while Keller is down 11 spots.

In the top ten by position rankings for MLB Pipeline, Keller and Cruz both missed the top ten for their positions, which shows how strong those spots (RHP/SS) are right now. Hayes ranked second for all third basemen.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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.

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