Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow Just Miss MLB.com Top 10 Lists

MLB.com just finished releasing their top 10 prospect lists by position yesterday. The Pittsburgh Pirates were well represented on the lists. Gregory Polanco and Austin Meadows were named to the top ten outfielders list yesterday. Alen Hanson was named eighth best shortstop. Jameson Taillon was named fifth best right-handed pitcher and Reese McGuire was the seventh best catching prospect.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo have released their number 11 prospect for each position, and the Pirates have a player on each of those lists.

Callis picked Tyler Glasnow as his number 11 right-handed pitcher. When the right-handed pitching list came out, Glasnow was said to have just missed the list, so it sounds like he was the number 11 prospect for the overall list. MLB.com is releasing their top 100 prospects tonight, with a show on the top 50 prospects at 10 PM EST. I wouldn’t be surprised if Glasnow makes the top 50, since he has been selected as one of the players who will be tweeting during the show.

Mayo picked Josh Bell as his number 11 outfielder. He also noted that outfield is deep, and that whoever was next outside of the top ten would still be on the top 100 prospects list. So it sounds like Bell will be a top 100 prospect tonight.

I’m guessing that Polanco, Meadows, Taillon, Hanson, and McGuire will all be top 100 prospects tonight. Adding in Bell and Glasnow gives the Pirates seven very likely top 100 prospects. It’s possible that the number could jump to eight if one of Nick Kingham or Luis Heredia makes the list. I think Kingham would be the most likely to make the list.

Tim Williams

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/jordy.hall.90 Jordy Hall

    Eight potential Top 100 prospects. This system has come a long, long way. It’s so hard to believe that with the arrival of Gerrit Cole last year, Pirates fans are entering an era where we could see at least one Top 100 prospect graduated to the majors every year. Soak it in, folks, this is the kind of thing that happens to well-run organizations.

  • http://allmyforeparents.blogspot.com Israel P.

    Eight out of a hundred is right about average. For a league with twelve teams.

    Good show, guys!

  • PiratesFan1975

    Kingham and Heredia both may have a shot at the top 100 for 9 total Pirates. The top 10 RHP article mentions there are 39 RHPs in the top 100. I would think that Kingham has to be in the top 39 RHP’s easily with Heredia a possibility.

  • Nuke Laloosh

    There are more than twelve teams in MLB Israel P! There are 30 teams which means the average would be 3.3, so the Pirates have more than twice the average.

    • SteveW

      He knows there are 30 teams.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 leefoo

        Steve…Nuke may be the only one who DIDN’T know he was kidding.

        Or………..is Nuke messing with us????

        hmmmm

        :) :) :)

        • Nuke Laloosh

          Maybe I am messing with you……LOL

    • hardballbuster

      He was attempting to be ironical

  • Y2JGQ2

    Tim- Unrelated question. Do you happen to know what date spring training tickets go on sale, i can’t find the info anywhere and it looks like every single other team in florida already has them on sale.

    • buster09

      Y2 : Saturday for single game tix,but early bird sales were yesterday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 leefoo

    Awesome is not a good enough word for how I feel about this news!!!!

  • stickyweb

    I thought I’d do a quick review of the Top 10 lists before the Top 100 is released. As Tim noted, the Bucs had 5 guys on the 8 lists, so obviously 5 out of 80 prospects is pretty good (though admittedly top 10 is a very random cut-off) in a 30 team league.

    Some notes on other teams:

    GOOD NEWS
    – The Cards only have 2 prospects on the lists. Yeah!
    – Only one team, Red Sox, had more prospects (8 WOW! and at least 1 on every list except RHP) than the Bucs. We may yet see what happens if a big money team goes big on homegrown prospects.
    – Only 2 other teams had as many prospects as the Bucs, and one of them, Rangers, are in the AL
    – The 2 teams with 4 prospects are Astros (in AL) and Mets (who, thankfully, are still the Mets, so they’ll screw it up somehow)
    – Of the 8 teams with 3 prospects listed, only the Marlins and Dodgers are in the NL
    – Other division foes: Reds have 2 and Brewers have 0 (shockingly)

    AND THE BAD NEWS:
    – The Cubs are the other team with 5 prospects listed. I’m not the first to say it, but look out for them in a couple of years. All 5 of their guys are position players, so their pitching could hold them back, unless they really hit on some free agents.

    OTHER INTERESTING POINTS:
    – The Rays only have 1 prospect. Could the Bucs be doing what the Rays do, only better?
    – The A’s have 2 guys on the 1B list and none on the OF list. Can anyone say prospect for prospect trade? Just saying.

    Not sure how the formatting will be, but here’s the breakdown:
    OF 3B 2B 1B C RHP LHP SS TOTAL
    RED SOX 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 8
    BUCS 2 1 1 1 5
    CUBS 1 1 1 1 1 5
    RANGERS 1 1 1 1 1 5
    ASTROS 1 1 1 1 4
    METS 1 1 1 1 4
    TWINS 1 1 1 3
    DODGERS 1 1 1 3
    TIGERS 1 1 1 3
    MARLINS 1 2 3
    MARINERS 1 1 1 3
    ROYALS 1 1 1 3
    ORIOLES 1 1 1 3
    A’S 2 1 3
    CARDS 1 1 2
    REDS 1 1 2
    INDIANS 1 1 2
    PHILLIES 1 1 2
    WHITE SOX 1 1 2
    ANGELS 1 1 2
    ROCKIES 1 1 2
    YANKEES 1 1 2
    PADRES 1 1 2
    GIANTS 1 1 2
    DBACK 1 1 2
    BRAVES 1 1
    RAYS 1 1
    BLUE JAYS 1 1

    • stickyweb

      Yup, the formatting sucks. Sorry, I wish I could delete that part of the comment. Tim, your site sucks. I blame Dreker :-)

    • tom2125

      The top 10 at each position doesn’t really matter since not everyone on those top 10 lists are going to be on the top 100 prospects. I saw that there are 37 right handed pitchers going to be on the list. Maybe Kingham and heredia make the list and give us 9 prospects on he top 100

    • NastyNate82

      In regards to the Rays: some of them only having one guy on is due to graduation, like Myers. The Bucs will likely take a “hit” on these lists going into next year, provided Polanco and Taillon both graduate. Barring any unforeseen breakouts from guys outside the lists (say, Holmes and Barnes to just throw a few names out there), the same will happen next year for the Pirates. Of course, even if those two still graduate, there will still be Glasnow, Hanson, McGuire, and Meadows.

  • NastyNate82

    Way off-topic here. But does anyone know when they post the Sally League schedule? I was actually looking at vacationing in Charleston, SC for a long weekend this spring, was hoping to time it when the Power visit.