Pirates Have Six in MLB.com’s Updated Top 100 Prospects

MLB.com has updated their top 100 prospects list, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have six players making the rankings.

Gerrit Cole leads the group, coming in at number eight. That’s a three spot improvement for Cole, who was ranked 11th coming in to the year. Jameson Taillon was next on the list, coming in at number 16. Taillon was ranked eighth coming in to the year. Both players have been passed this year by guys ranked lower in the pre-season rankings, although I wouldn’t say there’s a huge difference between any of the top pitchers in the #2 (Dylan Bundy) through #20 (Shelby Miller) range.

Next on the list was Starling Marte, who ranked 34th. Marte was ranked 40th during the pre-season, which was one of his highest pre-season rankings. The move for the outfielder seems like a natural shift as a result of players graduating from the top of the list.

Alen Hanson made the biggest leap for the Pirates, going from unranked on the pre-season charts, to coming in at number 54. Luis Heredia also went from unranked on the pre-season list to coming in at number 73. And finally, Gregory Polanco jumped on to the list at number 95.

Josh Bell was ranked 60th on the pre-season list, but fell off the list after missing most of the 2012 season with a knee injury.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Dimmick/100000318490900 Steve Dimmick

    Bell gets hurt after a few games and falls off the list? He was one of the best 5-tool players to come out in some time, is this simply because he was injured, if so, i dont see how they justify that.

    • Kevin_Creagh

      Josh Bell is not a 5 tool player. He does not have appreciable speed and his defense will eventually limit him to LF. That’s not a Sept 2012 opinion, that’s from his initial scouting reports. 2012 was a total lost year for Bell and in the prospect world if you’re not advancing you get left behind. There’s no reason for him to be on Top 100 national lists. If he re-establishes himself in 2013, he’ll be right back on.

      • F Lang

        In PNC will limit him to RF more likely. It’s not a big deal…guys are fluctuating all the time. If Bell hits .280+ and 20+ HR next year he will be right back in the top 100. Guessing he will repeat Wva to start. He didn’t get many reps this summer. Instructional league is gonna be extremely important for him.

        • john.alcorn

          Agreed RE:instructs, he was an older prep player so I’d really prefer to see him start in high A at age 20. He was hitting A ball pitchers fine, it was really the 21:2 K:BB that needed work.

  • F Lang

    Surprised Taillon dropped to 16th. didn’t really do anything to deserve that other than not totally dominate High A. I’ll take a 20 year old at High A with more than a 3:1 K:BB ratio. Plus he completely smoked AA in 3 starts. I still like him more than Cole too but what’s not to love about either. With Clay Holmes, Kingham, and Tyler Glasnow to go with Heredia…there is a lot to be excited about.

    • John Eshleman

      I agree re: Taillon. It makes no sense that he be behind a guy like Hultzen who has much less upside. I think both Taillon and Cole fit in the 6-10 range.

  • PiratesFan

    Great to see our prospects getting some respect. Do any other teams have more players on the list? And I guess Starling hasn’t met the playing time requirement for a rookie season?

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      Not yet. He has 97 at-bats and needs 130. So he will meet the requirements eventually.

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