Top Prospects

UPDATE 10:01 PM: According to Dejan Kovacevic, Baseball America ranks the Pirates as the 16th best farm system in their prospect handbook.

A lot of top prospect lists are coming out this week.  Here’s a look at some of the notable lists:

-Keith Law has his top 100, ranking Pedro Alvarez 35th, Jose Tabata 57th, and Tony Sanchez 82nd.  Law has never been a fan of Alvarez.  Law also listed Brad Lincoln as one of the ten prospects who just missed the top 100.  Finally he has his top 10 prospects by organization.  The biggest surprise to me?  Brooks Pounders at number 9.

-Jonathan Mayo released his top 50 list on yesterday.  Pedro Alvarez was the only to make the list, ranking at number eight.

-FanHouse has their top 100 prospects list.  Pedro Alvarez ranks 13th, Jose Tabata ranks 69th, and Tony Sanchez ranks 75th.

-Jim Callis of Baseball America gave his top ten prospects in an ESPN Chat.  Pedro Alvarez was number five, behind Stephen Strasburg, Jason Heyward, Mike Stanton, and Jesus Montero.  Also, this one is a month old, but John Manuel rates Pedro Alvarez seventh in his top 20 prospects.

-Speaking of Baseball America, they will be shipping their Prospect Handbook this week.  I’m hoping to have mine by tomorrow.  The book includes organizational rankings, as well as the top 30 prospects for all teams, and all of the individual top 50 lists by their writers.  Last year their top 100 list came out in late February.  My guess is that Alvarez will rank in the 5-7 range, based on the above rankings.

-Speaking of organizational rankings, here are some rankings, and where the Pirates are ranked:

Keith Law: 18th
FanHouse: 28th

Overall it looks like Alvarez is a consensus 5-15 prospect (outside of Law’s ranking), Tabata is just outside of the top 50 in most rankings, and Tony Sanchez is around the 75 range, with Brad Lincoln just barely missing the list.

I was surprised that FanHouse had the Pirates at 28th, especially with three prospects in the top 100, and one in the top 15.  No way that there are only two teams worse than the Pirates.  I’d agree with 15-20 range, but 28th means someone didn’t do their homework on the system, outside of the guys in the top 100.

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

Tim Williams

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, 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.

A few thoughts regarding the future of the payroll

Next Story »

Tim Alderson at Baseball America

Latest Analysis

  • Arquimedes Caminero

    Breaking Down the Final Pirates Roster Battles After Today’s Cuts

    6 hours ago

    With less than a week remaining in camp, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their latest round of cuts this morning, sending three relievers to minor league camp, including ...

    Read More
  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    2 days ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

    Read More
  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    3 days ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    4 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    5 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    1 week ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    1 week ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    1 week ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles