Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus published full scouting reports for his Top 11 Pirates prospects very early this morning. He also released his rankings for prospects 12-20. Since the Pirates were the first organization on the schedule, the information is available to non-subscribers for free. That is a nice little bonus, so head over and take a look. Kevin is answering questions in the comments section, as well.
You will quickly see that he is valuing potential very highly in his ranking. The top three players (Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, Luis Heredia) are teenage pitchers who have yet to officially throw a professional pitch. Heredia as the number three prospect seems particularly bold, considering he is only 16-years-old.
The biggest surprise to me is the omission of Justin Wilson. Goldstein explained in the comments section that he had Wilson at number 21.
Not forgotten, in fact, he was No. 21 when all was said and done. Scouts just aren't as high on him as the...
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.