Keith Law has released his updated top 25 prospects today for ESPN Insider subscribers. He notes that it is early for an update to the top 100, but that the top 25 has changed a lot due to the promotions and injuries. Law had pitchers Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole ranked in his top ten, with Cole ranked seventh and Taillon ranked tenth.
Heading in to the year, Law had Cole 10th and Taillon 15th. Four of the pre-season top ten guys have graduated from the list, so the moves were natural moves upward.
Law notes that Cole has been throwing a fastball heavy diet, and won't show how close he is to the majors until he's challenged in Double-A. For Taillon, he concludes that the right-hander has the size and velocity to be a top ten starter in the majors, but looks like he's three to four years away from his peak....
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