Baseball America’s 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

Baseball America has released their top 10 prospects for the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates.  The list can be viewed here, and subscribers can read the scouting reports here.  Leading the list was 2011 first round pick Gerrit Cole.  He was followed by 2010 first round pick Jameson Taillon.  That’s exactly how we have them rated in the Pirates Prospects top 50.  From there, the lists differ.

Baseball America has Josh Bell third, Starling Marte fourth, and Luis Heredia fifth.  We have the same players, but not in that order.  I’d imagine pretty much every list will include the same top five, as there is a clear drop off after this group of potential impact players.

In the six through ten spots, Baseball America has Kyle McPherson, Tony Sanchez, Robbie Grossman, Stetson Allie, and Jeff Locke.  Again, I’d imagine a lot of lists will have similar players, although there’s a lot of players in the 11-20 ranks who could make a case for the back end of the top ten list, as the talent between the number ten prospect in the system and the number 20 prospect in the system isn’t that different.

Author: 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 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.

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