2009 Pittsburgh Pirates Top Prospects Consensus


1. To get the averages, I counted every site once. The exceptions were Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and Minor League Ball. Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus received more weight, while Minor League Ball received half a point.
2. I counted Minor League Ball half in part due to the extremely low ranking of Brad Lincoln, but also due to this comment on their site:

“As usual, don’t sweat so much about where the Grade C+/C types rank exactly on this list. After I get past the top 10 I don’t worry so much about exact placement, since I’m trying to concentrate on the book right now. Some of the Grade C guys could be C+ in the book, and vice versa.”

Basically after the top 4, everyone was ranked a C+ or a C, which means at this point I’m not weighing those rankings heavily. I will reconsider if they release an updated ranking list.
3. I have the top 31 Baseball America rankings, but due to this being content from their book, I’m not going to publish the 11-31 rankings.
4. More rankings will be added later, including my own top 20 prospects, and my top 20 players in the Pirates system. Feel free to suggest a set of rankings.
5. Links to the rankings listed above:

Baseball America
Baseball Prospectus
Wilbur Miller
Bucs Dugout
Bleacher Report
Only Bucs
Minor League Ball

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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    On this date in 2002…

    The Pirates rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Phillies 7-4 in the opener of a three-game series at PNC Park.  After Abraham Nunez’ single of Phillies starter Vicente Padilla drove in Mike Benjamin to tie the game, Armando Rios’ two-run single off reliever Ricky Botallico broke the tie.  The victory was the Pirates’ fifth in a row, and it increased their lead in the NL Central to two games over St. Louis.

    Two more robust offensive showings later–the Bucs outscored the Phils 22-12 over the weekend–the Pirates had a sweep of their in-state rival, six consecutive victories and a 12-5 record, the only time since 1992 that they have been seven games over .500.

    Here’s the box score and play-by-play:


    Here’s the NY Times’ game story:


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