Pirates Have Four in MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects

MLB.com will be releasing their top 100 prospects tonight, announcing the top 50 live on MLB Network and MLB.com. I’ll have this post updated throughout the night as the position of different Pirates are announced.

UPDATE 9:10 PM: The 51-100 rankings have been posted to MLB.com. Alen Hanson comes in at #54, and Gregory Polanco comes in at #65. They’ve counted down from 50 to 39 on the broadcast and no other Pirates have been announced.

UPDATE 9:18 PM: They’ve announced down to pick number 27, and no Luis Heredia. Noah Syndergaard was rated 29th, and was the number 10 right-handed pitcher. So it looks like Heredia didn’t make the top 100. Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole will both be on the list, giving the Pirates four prospects in the top 100.

UPDATE 9:28 PM: Jameson Taillon comes in ranked 15th.

UPDATE 9:36 PM: Gerrit Cole is ranked 9th.

UPDATE 10:54 PM: In the sidebar of this article is a points ranking system, awarding points based on where teams had prospects ranked. A team gets 100 points for the number one prospect, 99 for number two, and so on. The Pirates finished sixth in this list. The top five were Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, and Miami. I don’t think that can be translated to farm system rankings, since it’s only limited to top 100 prospects. It is interesting to see how teams stack up from this list.

Author: Tim Williams

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.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.beam.16 Matt Beam

    what a joke re: no Heredia in the top 100; I’m sure the Braves have a ton of pitchers in the top 100 who’ll never turn out to be anything but trade chips that never pan out

  • http://www.facebook.com/kirk.vandergrift Kirk Lee

    Wish they’d taken a closer look at Taillon.

  • Ecbucs

    Having 4 on list is fine too bad that there isn’t someone else closer to majors than Polanco and Hanson.

    Who knows, Heredia may have been 101. If he has a decent 2013 he’ll be on list next year (with Bell added too if he meets expectations).

  • http://www.facebook.com/ian.rothermund Ian Rothermund

    I was relatively disappointed in their coverage, not going to lie. I can’t only imagine how fans of other teams feel though. You can tell the older guy doesn’t really know what he’s talking about; just reads off the prompter. Then Mayo has to come in and actually supply people with real knowledge.