Comments on: Pirates Place Four in GCL Top 20 Prospects Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:41:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Tim Williams Wed, 26 Sep 2012 03:32:00 +0000 They can also change year to year based on the talent available. I was looking at last year’s list for tonight’s article. The “Five Years Ago” was headlined by Clayton Kershaw. Of course it also had Gorkys Hernandez ahead of Neftali Feliz and Kyle Drabek.

The “Five Years Ago” from the 2010 list was a really good group. McCutchen, Bruce, Volstad, Andrus, and Travis Wood for the top five. Three star players and two who made the majors. Also included Tabata, Sean West, Ryan Tucker, Austin Jackson, and Jordan Schafer. A lot of major leaguers in that group.

By: RandyLinville Wed, 26 Sep 2012 03:20:00 +0000 That is a very good point.

By: John Eshleman Wed, 26 Sep 2012 03:17:00 +0000 One thing to note is that the earlier signing deadline in the new collective bargaining agreement means more highly regarded draft picks appeared at the level this year than in previous seasons when top draftees would potentially skip the GCL by not signing in time to play in their draft season. As a result, it’s more likely that this year’s list could include more future MLB products than previously.

By: Tim Williams Wed, 26 Sep 2012 02:05:00 +0000 It’s definitely a long road from the GCL to the majors. There’s a lot of projection involved, and most rankings are based on tools and potential. For example, Jhang didn’t hit for much power this year, but is projected as a 15-20 HR hitting catcher. But a lot could happen between now and then. He might not stick behind the plate, which is the biggest thing, but he might not develop that power. That’s never a given. Tyler Glasnow can hit 96, but lacks control at times and doesn’t have much of a change. He really has no ceiling at this point. But his progression will largely depend on the consistency of his pitches, and the development of his changeup.

I’ll be talking about this in a bit more detail tonight.

By: RandyLinville Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:38:00 +0000 One of parts I enjoy about this is that BA posts who was on the list five years ago.
Here they are:
1. Michael Burgess, of, Nationals – .770 OPS in AA at age 23, now with Cubs
2. Jesus Montero, c, Yankees – good season for SEA, big part of the Pineda deal
3. Ben Revere, of, Twins – speed and not much else in the OF for MIN
4. Che-Hsuan Lin, of, Red Sox – ML debut in 2012, but sub .650 OPS in back 2 back AAA seasons
5. John Tolisano, 2b, Blue Jays – .740 OPS as a 23 yr old in AA
6. Pedro Baez, 3b, Dodgers – failed consecutive years at AA; spent part of 2012 in A+
7. Oscar Tejeda, ss, Red Sox – released by BOS, picked up by PIT – sub .700 OPS in AA
8. Neftali Soto, ss, Reds – 1B with 30 HR in AA last year; 14 in AAA this year; Votto blocks him
9. Luis de la Cruz, c, Cardinals – 4th straight year with time in A+ in 2012
10. Andrew Lambo, 1b/of, Dodgers – failed AAA with PIT last year; 5th straight AA season in 2012
11. Devin Mesoraco, c, Reds – eased out of regular C rotation in Cincy by Navarro
12. Kevin Aherns, 3b/ss, Blue Jays – 3rd straight year at A+; sub .700 OPS
13. Kyle Lotzkar, rhp, Reds – 5.5 BB/9 and 5+ ERA as a 22 yr old at AA
14. Scott Moviel, rhp, Mets – now playing in an independent league
15. Jairo Heredia, rhp, Yankees – no stats for 2012. Out of baseball?
16. D’Marcus Ingram, of, Cardinals – no stats for 2012. Out of baseball?
17. Deryk Hooker, rhp, Cardinals – now a reliever; high WHIP, mediocre ERA in AA; 23 yr old
18. Daniel Berlind, rhp, Twins – now with CHC; injuries – assumption – limited him to ~40 IP over last two seasons; 24 yr old
19. Angel Morales, of, Twins – 3rd straight year at A+; sub .650 OPS; 22 yr old
20. Tyler Kolodny, 3b, Orioles – back in A+ in 2012 after a mediocre 2011; less than 50 ABs – injured?; 24 yr old

Only four of the 20 made it to the show. I don’t think Revere would be playing if MIN was any good – could be wrong. Mesoraco was unable to hold down a split duty job with Hanigan. Montero looks good. It looks unlikely that anyone else will even have a chance at a big league job, let alone an impact.

Hopefully one or all four of these guys will have a good, solid ML career.

By: TonyPenaforHOF Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:56:00 +0000 Hope these players make the next G.M. look good.