After going through the top ten by positions, MLB.com released their top 100 list Thursday night and the Pittsburgh Pirates had six players in the top 100, led by Gregory Polanco, who finished 13th overall. They had four players among the top 50 prospects. Polanco was ranked third among all outfielders earlier this week. He jumped well up the charts this year after ranking 65th overall last year.
Jameson Taillon was second among Pirates players, ranking 16th overall. He finished fifth among all right-handed pitchers. Taillon finished just one spot under where he was last year.
Tyler Glasnow was 11th overall among right-handed pitchers and that was because the position is deep with prospects. He came in at #27 on the top 100 list. He was unranked last year.
Austin Meadows was ranked ninth among all outfielders and that landed him 45th overall on the top 100 list. Meadows was drafted this year, so this is his debut on the top prospect list.
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.