Four Pirates Prospects in Baseball America Mid-Season Top 50

Baseball America has released their mid-season top 50 prospects rankings (scouting reports for subscribers here), and the Pittsburgh Pirates have four prospects on the list. That’s an upgrade over their pre-season total of two prospects in the top 50.

The highest ranked Pirate is Gerrit Cole, who comes in at number six. Cole entered the season ranked 12th overall. Cole is the fourth best pitching prospect on the list. The top three are Dylan Bundy, Taijuan Walker, and surprisingly, Danny Hultzen.

Next on the list is Jameson Taillon, who came in at number 15. That’s the same spot he held for the pre-season rankings, although a lot of the top players from the pre-season rankings have graduated, which means people have passed Taillon to keep him in the same spot. Baseball America noted that he hasn’t been dominating as much as a guy with his stuff should, which is true.

Starling Marte was next on the list, coming in at number 36. Marte was number 73 in the pre-season list, with an ETA of 2013. They didn’t include an ETA this time, although I’d guess it would be 2012. They did note his power spike, but also noted that his batting average is down this year after winning the Eastern League batting title last year.

Finally, Alen Hanson made the jump from being unranked to the 40th best prospect in the mid-season list. Baseball America noted that he could become a power hitting shortstop prospect with a good feel for hitting. John Sickels had Hanson rated lower in his mid-season top 120 earlier this week. There aren’t many questions about Hanson’s bat. The big question that will impact his ranking is whether the outlet doing the ranking feels he can stick at shortstop.

UPDATE 11:50 AM: Baseball America has an additional article for subscribers, detailing some of the risers and fallers, plus 12 guys who weren’t close to the pre-season top 100, but will draw consideration for next year’s top 100. Gregory Polanco was one of those 12 players. They also noted that Luis Heredia has been making steady improvement. Heredia wasn’t on the top 100 list pre-season. He was listed as a guy who wasn’t far off the list, and will draw strong consideration next year. They also noted Josh Bell on the “All Disabled List” group.

The Pirates could end up with eight prospects in the top 100 next year. There’s the four in the top 50 right now. Then there’s Heredia and Polanco, who have a shot at the top 100. There’s also Josh Bell if he stays on the list. Add in Mark Appel for another potential top 50 prospect to bring the potential list to eight.

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  • Justin Hunter

    With Grossman’s improvements month to month and recovering from the injury wouldn’t get get some top 100 consideration?

    OPS by month:

    April – .578
    May – .711
    June – .956
    July – .1.178 (obviously very small sample size)

    • John DiVito

      Really… Robbie’s OPS in June was .956? Why did I feel that he was struggling? Good for him.

      • Tim Williams

        He was struggling prior to the suspension. Since coming back he’s been outstanding.

    • Tim Williams

      Grossman didn’t make the pre-season list. Hard to imagine him on the 2013 list, unless he really tears it up the rest of the year.

    • Justin Hunter

      He did make some preseason lists like Keith Law’s who had him ranked at 86. Obviously the back end of those lists vary greatly but I would think some folks that love BB’s would keep him pretty highly ranked.

  • John DiVito

    This is so awesome! For so long the Pirates have barely been mentioned on lists like these. To see 4 of our prospects in the top 50 and to have a winning ball club in the majors… I’m just proud right now :)

    Also, no mention of Josh Bell or Luis Heredia on this list, who may end up being as good as any of the guys mentioned!

  • Lee Young

    NH is God!!!!!!!

  • emjayinTN

    Tim: The type of numbvers put up by Grossman the first two months are typical of guys coming off Hamate Bone surgery. Average down/power way down. I would discount those first two months and count his year at Hi A and now what he is doing in AA since the first two months. Ignore the rest. Grossman’s numbers have gotten better as he climbs the levels within the minors – a sure sign of maturity, and the Bucs are in great need for a leadoff hitter.
    Alen Hanson – how many of the 30+ errors are throwing errors? If I am not mistaken, Elvis Andrus had 34 or 35 errors in Lo A as an 18 year old. Hanson is a 19 year old and the numbers he is putting up – almost 50 Extra Base Hits at mid-season. Any chance of he and Gregory Polanco getting promoted to HI A to finish out the year?

    • whiteAngus

      derek jeter once put up nearly 60 errors in a minor league season.

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