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Five Pirates Ranked in Keith Law’s Top 100

Five Pirates Ranked in Keith Law’s Top 100

Gerrit Cole is the tenth best prospect in baseball, according to Keith Law.

Keith Law has released his top 100 prospects list, and five Pirates prospects are ranked. The list is for ESPN Insiders only, and can be viewed here.

The top Pirates prospect, according to Law, is Gerrit Cole, who was named the 10th best prospect in the game. Law has always been high on Cole, ranking him higher than other outlets heading in to the 2011 draft. He said Cole has the projection of a number one starter who can miss bats with as many as four different pitches, and who can handle an ace's workload.

Next up was Jameson Taillon, who rated 16th overall. Law was critical of the Pirates' approach to limit Taillon's innings last year, and that criticism remained in his evaluation of Taillon. That's always been a strange stance, because while the Pirates are strict on pitch counts and innings, they're not really doing anything significantly different than what other top prep pitchers did in their fi...

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