John Sickels has Gerrit Cole as his number one prospect.
Over the weekend, John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com released his top 20 Pittsburgh Pirates prospects for the 2013 season. As he notes, the grades are preliminary and subject to change, with no grade being final until January 5th.
There weren't many surprises on the list. In comparing his list to our list, there are a few differences in the ranking order, but for the most part everyone is in the same tiers. Sickels breaks his rankings down with letter grades. Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon both received Grade A rankings. Nine prospect received a Grade B ranking, ranging from a B+ to a B-. Last year the Pirates had eight players combined with Grade A and B rankings, so there has been some improvement. Some of the guys who jumped into this group were Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, Barrett Barnes, Dilson Herrera, Wyatt Mathisen, and Clay Holmes. He also noted Tyler Glasnow was a C+ prospect, but a borderline B- (Holmes was B...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.