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Keith Law Ranks Three Pirates Among Top 25 Prospects

Keith Law Ranks Three Pirates Among Top 25 Prospects

Keith Law has unveiled a new top 25 prospect list for Insider subscribers and he has three Pittsburgh Pirates players listed.

Cole retains his top spot in the Pirates system (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Rated first among Pirates players is pitcher Gerrit Cole in the 12th spot. That is four spots down from his pre-season ranking.

Law then has Jameson Taillon ranked #14, which is six spots higher than he had him in the pre-season.

Finally, he has Gregory Polanco making the huge jump from 55th place earlier, all the way up to the 22nd spot.

That is the same order we listed our top prospects on in the Pirates Prospects guide.

The Pirates are the only team on the list that has three players. None have more.

Cole has struggled this season with high pitch counts and he isn't getting the strikeout totals that you would expect from someone with his plus offerings. He is 3-3, 3.67 in ten starts, with 39 strikeouts in 54 innings. He has shown a strong groundball rate at 1.31 a...

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