Baseball America released their top 100 prospects for the 2011 season today, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have three prospects on the list. To access the Baseball America rankings, go here.
The top Pirates prospect, Jameson Taillon, came in at number 11 on the list. Taillon is the highest rated Pirates’ pitching prospect on a Baseball America top 100 since Kris Benson rated seventh in 1998. He is the second highest rated Pirates prospect on a Baseball America top 100 since that 1998 list, falling only behind Pedro Alvarez, who rated eighth last year.
Tony Sanchez came in next at #46 on the list. Sanchez was rated 79th on the 2010 list. Baseball America listed 2012 as his estimated time arrival to the majors.
Stetson Allie was the final Pirates prospect to make the list, coming in at #79. Interestingly enough, Baseball America listed 2013 as the ETA for both Taillon and Allie.
The Pirates have had exactly three players in Baseball America’s top 100 in each of the last six years.