Keith Law released his top 100 prospects today, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had five players on the list.
Gerrit Cole was ranked the highest, coming in at number eight. Cole was the second best pitcher on the list, with Dylan Bundy ahead of him ranked third overall. Law noted that Cole should be ready for the Pirates rotation after a half year in the minors, mentioning that 2012 was the first year Cole called his own games. He also mentioned that Cole has a plus-plus changeup. A lot of people have been split on the quality of Cole's changeup, but Law has been consistent that it's a plus pitch, even when Cole was a junior at UCLA.
Jameson Taillon was ranked 20th overall, and was the eighth best pitcher on the list. Law mentioned that Taillon isn't far behind Cole's arsenal, but that he doesn't miss as many bats. He also pointed out that the Pirates have done a lot to clean up Taillon's delivery.
Alen Hanson came in at 34th overall, while fellow West Virginia breakout prospect Gr...
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