Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2013 International League today. Gerrit Cole was the only Pirates prospect on the list, and was ranked third. Cole finished behind Xander Bogaerts and Wil Myers. Cole and Myers no longer have prospect eligibility, but the Triple-A rankings only consider guys that came into the season with prospect eligibility.
We’ve already seen what Cole can do in the majors, so going over his prospect report wouldn’t do much. If his September was legit, then he’s already turning into an ace in the majors. Cole was the top ranked pitcher in the league.
Here are the Pirates from previous IL rankings:
2012: Starling Marte (2), Jeff Locke (9)
2011: Alex Presley (18)
2010: Pedro Alvarez (8), Brad Lincoln (15), Jose Tabata (16)
2009: Andrew McCutchen (3), Jose Tabata (13)
2008: Andrew McCutchen (2), Neil Walker (7)