Marte is the consensus top prospect at the AA level.
Our top 10 overall prospects for the Altoona Curve factors in all of the individual rankings. Along with the individual rankings, we also include the best pitcher, hitter, biggest surprise, and biggest disappointments of the year. The rankings factor in all of the players at the level throughout the year, regardless of whether they've been promoted to the majors, and regardless of whether they've lost their prospect status. As long as they had prospect eligibility entering the year, they qualify for the lists. Playing time is also considered. A player needs 120 at-bats, 40+ innings pitched, or 20 relief appearances. This prevented Eric Fryer from consideration, as he was called up with 113 at-bats at the AA level.
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.