Baseball America top 20 lists

As you may have already seen, Baseball America has been unveiling a Top 20 prospects list for each of the minor leagues in recent weeks. After revealing the International League today, they have covered each of the leagues that include Pirates affiliates. Let’s see how the Bucs fared overall.

International League (AAA)
8. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
15. Brad Lincoln, RHP
16. Jose Tabata, OF

Eastern League (AA)
14. Bryan Morris, RHP
15. Rudy Owens, LHP

Florida State League (A+)
6. Tony Sanchez, C
16. Diego Moreno, RHP

South Atlantic League (A)
None

New York-Penn League (A-)
6. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP
10. Colton Cain, LHP
17. Zack Dodson, LHP

Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
None

The only glaring mistake, in my opinion, is the omission of Starling Marte in favor of Diego Moreno in the Florida State League. Marte is considered by most to be one of the top prospects in the Pirates system, probably among the top five in most cases. Moreno, while he was very dominant this season, is a 24-year-old reliever who has little experience above High-A. It seems pretty clear to me that Marte is the better prospect right now.

It is also pretty surprising that Jeff Locke did not make an appearance on either of the Florida State League or Eastern League lists. He was excellent at both levels this year.

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Matt Bandi

Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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