P3 Episode 5: Polanco the Top Prospect? Can Pirates Keep Winning? Mark Melancon Interview

Pirates Prospects PodcastEpisode five of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This week’s episode includes analysis from Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) and James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) on the Pirates, John Dreker (@JohnDreker) on the draft, an interview with Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Mark Melancon (@Mark_Melancon_), and more. Highlights of the show include:

Minor League Update:

**With the mid-season prospect rankings coming up, I give a view of what goes into my rankings and what I consider for each player. It’s not all about upside. If it was, Tyler Glasnow would be the number one prospect in the system. As for that number one prospect, the guy I’m leaning towards right now is Gregory Polanco.

**John Dreker joins the show to discuss the average mock draft rankings, and compares those rankings to his own personal rankings. We discuss why we wouldn’t want D.J. Peterson to be taken by the Pirates.

With James and Tom:

**A continued discussion of the potential regression of Jeff Locke.

**The Pirates pitching staff is for real, and is a big reason why the team is contending. We talk about A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, and Francisco Liriano and how they’re anchoring the rotation.

**The return of Charlie Morton and Jeff Karstens will bring some interesting decisions, and we talk about what the moves could be when those guys return.

**Is the other shoe going to drop? What should the expectations be for the Pirates?

**Why does James hate Ted Lilly?

Player Interview

**This week’s player interview is with Mark Melancon. Mark and James Santelli discuss his bounce back this year, Jason Grilli, Russell Martin, which starters have stood out to him in the rotation, and his nickname on the team. Mark also teases a new addition to the “Shark Tank” over the next week that the fans will enjoy.

Click here to download the show (right-click and “Save Link As”) or stream it below.

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  • Kevin_Young

    I know I’m probably the only one that cares about my own top 10 list…….but here it is anyways:
    Taillon, Polanco, Cole, Glasnow, Hanson, Bell, Heredia, Kingham, Sanchez, Herrera

    I think 6,7,8 is the tricky part.

  • smurph

    OK, I’ll play. Taillon, Polanco, Cole, Heredia, Bell, Glasnow, Hanson, Sanchez, Herrera, d’Arnaud.

    • leadoff

      I like this one except I would remove D’Arnaud and replace him with Allie. I am not sure about Hanson in the 10 either, I think I would go with Kingham.

      • bspellAK

        Glasnow is ahead of Heredia for me as he gets prodigous amounts of strikeouts, which Heredia has not shown yet. They are practically the same age competing in the same league.

  • deacs

    I’d go Taillon, Cole (still based on upside), Polanco, Glasnow, Heredia, Bell, Hanson, Herrera, Kingham and Allie.

  • leadoff

    1. I had and have the Pirates as contenders nothing has changed since the beginning of the year, a team full of good ballplayers is tough to beat and team with one or two superstars is much easier to beat, the Pirates have a good ballplayer at every position and many good replacement ballplayers.
    2. I think Locke’s FIP is overrated. He is still maturing and probably has as much stuff as Wandy has, If he wears down he wears down and if he winds up somewhere between 3.5 and 4.0 ERA, I’ll take it. Sometimes you have to go with how a guy pitches, location is everything, if he keeps locating he will beat that 4.5 FIP. Hurdle has something to do with that ERA/FIP, if he leaves a pitcher on the mound to get killed or eat up innings it will jump those numbers up, what would AJ’s numbers have been last year if he does not give up 12 in one game to the Cards?
    3. Will the Bucs fade? A lot of that is up to Hurdle and how he uses his players, he can burn them out and of course the rest is up to the players.
    I agree with the theory that their depth will take them where they wanted to go last year.

  • https://profiles.google.com/106508220943703406151 Kevin Anstrom

    Would Trea Turner (NCSU) rank #1 if he signed in 2011?

  • https://profiles.google.com/106508220943703406151 Kevin Anstrom

    Top 10 list in no particular

    Pitchers
    Cole
    Glasnow
    Heredia
    Taillon

    Hitters
    Allie
    Escobar
    Hanson
    Herreea
    Moroff
    Polaco

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