Baseball America Puts Seven Pirates In Their Top 100

Baseball America released their top 100 prospect list on Wednesday night and the Pittsburgh Pirates had seven players in the top 100. ¬†Down below, you’ll see four other top 100 lists from around the industry and you’ll notice that the Pirates have had 6-7 prospects on each list and eight players total that have made at least three of the five lists. As for Baseball America, this is how they ranked the Pirates prospects.

Gregory Polanco was ranked tenth overall, the highest placement for him on any prospect list.

Jameson Taillon came in at #22, which is right around where he has ranked for everyone else.

Tyler Glasnow was rated 46th overall. It is his lowest ranking we have seen so far.

Austin Meadows came in 49th overall on the list. This is about where he falls for most people.

Nick Kingham ranked 64th, his highest ranking on any list.

Alen Hanson came in at #76, which is about where he placed for everyone except Baseball Prospectus, who actually left him off their list.

Reese McGuire was the seventh Pirate on Baseball America’s list, coming in at 81st. Josh Bell did not make the list, though he has made three other top lists.

Comparing The Top Lists

This is the fifth major prospect list to be released. Below are the results of the previous four from, Keith Law, Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus. had six Pirates in their top 100, one less than the other three lists here, though they mentioned that both Nick Kingham and Reese McGuire just missed. Gregory Polanco (13), Jameson Taillon (16), Tyler Glasnow (27), Austin Meadows (45), Alen Hanson (67), Josh Bell (74)

Keith Law had seven Pirates in his top 100 list. Gregory Polanco (13), Tyler Glasnow (20), Jameson Taillon (27), Austin Meadows (35), Nick Kingham (73), Alen Hanson (74), Josh Bell (97)

Fangraphs placed seven Pirates in their top 100. Gregory Polanco (17), Jameson Taillon (20), Tyler Glasnow (43), Austin Meadows (48), Alen Hanson (74), Nick Kingham (75), Reese McGuire (90)

Baseball Prospectus had a slightly different view than the others, but still had seven Pirates. Jameson Taillon (19), Gregory Polanco (24), Tyler Glasnow (42), Reese McGuire (59), Josh Bell (77), Nick Kingham (80), Austin Meadows (89)

Author: John Dreker

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.

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  • blackmax

    Like everyone else, this is like music to my ears. Note that a few days after BP released its list, Jason Parks said that he made a mistake in leaving Hanson out of his top 101, so their revised list would have 8 Buccos.

  • sixdeuces

    I would love to see the number of players each major league team had on these lists.

    • brlf

      Here is a spreadsheet of the rank of each player across the five rankings.

      Boston has 9 players, with 5 players on all 5 list, 2 on 4 list, and 2 on 2 list.
      Pit had 8 players, 4 on all 5 list, 2 on 4 list, and 2 on 3 list
      Minn had 8 players, 4 on all 5 list,2 on 3 list, and 2 on 1 list
      Hou had 8 players, 5 on all 5, and 3 on 2 list
      The Cubs topped everyone with 6 players on every list, with 1 player on 1 list.

      • brlf

        Note: The composite weight took the combine rankings across all 5 list, assuming each player could have been the 101 (or 102 in the case of BP list) and created a weighted rank. I then ranked each player by their composite weight to get a composite rank.

        13 Gregory Polanco
        18 Jameson Taillon
        31 Tyler Glasnow
        51 Austin Meadows
        73 Alen Hanson
        74 Nick Kingham
        85 Reese McGuire
        98 Josh Bell

        PIT and BOS both had 8 players in the composite top 100, with HOU with 7 and CHC with 6.

  • Ian Rothermund

    My initial reaction to Taillon’s placement has been surprise in some situations. However, considering the development strategy they have in place for their pitchers, which presumably cuts down on stats, the high teens/low twentys is great placement for Jameson. Arguably projection plays a large factor in prospect ranking, but performance is the other side of that coin. So my question is, if Taillon was able to pitch in a manner that some other organizations allow their guys in the mid/upper minors. Low teens, top 10? If the k’s really went up, maybe close to cracking the top 5?