Keith Law Releases His Top Ten Pirates Prospects

Keith Law wraps up his prospect rankings this week with his top ten prospects for every NL team. Here is his list of NL Central top ten prospects, along with the write up on the players for ESPN Insider subscribers.

The top seven prospects went in the same order that Law had them listed in the top 100. Gregory Polanco was first, followed in order by Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon, Austin Meadows, Nick Kingham, Alen Hanson, and Josh Bell.

Reese McGuire was next on the list, coming in at number eight. Law says he has a very high floor as a premium defender behind the plate, with a tremendous arm and improved receiving skills.

Harold Ramirez was next, being ranked at number nine. Law singles him out as a sleeper to watch, saying he looks like he can hit for high averages with a ton of extra base hits in an outfield corner role.

Rounding out the top ten was Luis Heredia, who Law points out is hard to grade due to his age. He says that if Heredia was graduating from high school this year, he’d be a late first-rounder this June. That’s decent praise, since the 2014 draft looks loaded with quality pitching, although it doesn’t suggest Heredia has a good shot at being an ace.

Law expanded the rankings, talking about his next four prospects. He had Clay Holmes, JaCoby Jones, Jaff Decker, and Wyatt Mathisen ranked 11-14. The high ranking on Jones isn’t a big surprise, since Law was really high on him out of the draft. The high ranking for Decker is a bit of a surprise. Law loves his OBP, and feels he’d be good in the right field platoon due to those skills and moderate power.

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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