MLB Pipeline Top 100 Prospects Update Places Five Pirates in the Top 50

MLB Pipeline updated their top 100 prospects list on Wednesday morning and the Pittsburgh Pirates are well-represented in the top half of the list.

Pipeline has Henry Davis rated as the #19 prospect in baseball, followed one spot lower by Oneil Cruz. Nick Gonzales still rates high for them despite early season struggles and a trip to the 60-day IL, coming in at the #31 prospect. Quinn Priester also rates well despite missed time, ranking 36th overall. Not far behind is Liover Peguero, who ranks 45th overall.

Back in late May, those players ranked this way:

18 Nick Gonzales
20 Henry Davis
22 Oneil Cruz
51 Quinn Priester
62 Liover Peguero

It is a bit surprising that Mike Burrows didn’t make the jump to this list. I figured that he would sneak onto the back-end of the list after showing improvements with his pitches and strong results to match. I should also note that Roansy Contreras is still eligible for us, but not for Pipeline. They use the standard limits we do (no more than 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 games pitched), but they also use service time, so anyone who surpasses 45 non-September/October days can be removed from the list before reaching any of those marks. Contreras is at 47 innings in the majors.

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NMR

7 out of the Top 10 best pitching prospects in baseball were HS draft picks.

James_Robert5

There might be a bias here favoring HS picks where HS prospects remain on these lists for longer given their ages.

NMR

I think the bias is in the dogma that says they’re too risky to be taken where they belong.

James_Robert5

Both are probably true

leefieux

Agree on Burrows’ omission. And why no love for Ji-Hwan Bae? Is he a non prospect? And, I am still not sold on Nicky the K. I’m surprised he only dropped 13 spots.

bradlej31

Callis and Mayo have been following Gonzales since his freshman year in college… also watched him in person in the Cape Cod league and also watched him in the Arizona fall league. They probably can tell if he’s playing injured.

NMR

Amazing how his injuries keep making him whiff and whiff weeks before they happen, should probably look into that.

bradlej31

Do you know anyone about plantar faciitis? It doesn’t just happen one day.

NMR

Oh wow neat, is that also how his injury last year worked?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Idk how Brandon Williamson can still be at #77 , and Burrows can’t make the list. I’m assuming just cause “he’s a lefty”

ArkyWags

The most egregious ranking related to the Bucs with this list is that Nicky G is on here. At all.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I’m telling you though, watch. BA will do an update, drop Nicky G to bottom of Top 100, or even off the list, and THEN Pipeline will follow suit.

NMR

Bingo.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I know. I know. I agree lol

arloguth

One of my biggest Pirates’ draft regrets in recent memory is passing up Gunnar Henderson for Sammy Siani back in 2019. I was really pulling for him in the CB-A round, since Gunnar was higher ranked at a more premimum position. To see him then sign for only $150K more than Siani, and now he is in AAA ranked #5 in all of MiLB while Siani is struggling in High A….

NMR

Oh my god, literally came in to make this comment!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Pipeline has really been proactive with updates this year. I think Baseball America might do the same, as their tweet yesterday regarding Adley and “Who will be our new #1 ?” made it appear as such.

Guessing it may have to do with, at least what has appeared to me, as many more graduations than usual. Then we have Fangraphs who still haven’t even released their individual lists from pre-season, let alone taken any players off from graduating.

ArkyWags

It’s expected with FG. Per a recent Longenhagen chat, they lost every prospect analyst except him within a 3-4 month span.

AdministrativeSky236

I do appreciate the trend of consistent updates as guys graduate and succeed/fail

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I just get annoyed with Pipeline because I feel they’ve become predictable. Even with this new update, a lot of their additions are guys BA had in their last full update, so it feels Pipeline is trying to play catch up. Meanwhile, no one graduates prospects quicker off a list than Pipeline, since they actually acknowledge service time. Such as Gorman graduated last night 1 AB shy of 131, but Harris is still on there with the same 130 AB total. Then they seem to tend to overload on who the “in” farm system is, while making sure to throw in some big market prospects.

James_Robert5

“You shouldn’t have major changes in these lists if the initial list was put together carefully, but the subtle changes based on graduations, injuries and such are welcomed, as long as they spaced out like this one, which was basically six weeks since the last.”

Is that really true? If so, why do draft lists vary so wildly from month-to-month?

NMR

Feels like there’s gotta be a better balance than starting fresh every time and matriculating everyone upward regardless of results in the current season. So much momentum at play in the latter.

ArkyWags

Perhaps I’m taking this too literally but I dunno how he starts fresh.

NMR

Basically just throws out his previous iteration, grades all prospects fresh, and sorts them accordingly.

Pipeline and BA largely keep their initial list in place and adjust based on promotions and injuries. Only massive breakouts or struggles really factor into any sort of re-evaluation at all.

For those wondering why Mike Burrows hasn’t popped onto any lists yet, that’s probably your answer.

ArkyWags

I feel a fresh list like that is really hard to reconcile with previous knowledge you have of a player when making that new list.

NMR

Which is where my comment on middle ground came from.

Both extremes clearly have their faults.

Drufan11

Based on recent comments from Eric at fangraphs we should see a lot of new content drop in the next 2 weeks leading up to the draft. Their team of 4 in the off-season dropped to just Eric due to 2 getting hired away (one by the pirates) and one stepping away so Eric has been swamped.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Ok. That all makes sense then. I hadn’t followed to that degree, so I was wondering why it’d been so lax.

HeisenbergWW

Who is the guy hired by the Pirates?

johnalcorn

Brendan Gawlowski

ArkyWags

They hired Brendan to find the best way to turn infielders into outfielders.

Drufan11

Not sure the name of the individual because it has been discussed in general terms, they lost someone to the Twins (Goldstein), pirates (not sure), and personal time away (Tess Taruskin)

AdministrativeSky236

Not that lists and rankings are a huge deal, but some of burrows, solo, bubba, and the #4 pick could all join top prospect rankings in the next few months imo

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