Fangraphs released their top 100 prospects list today and seven Pittsburgh Pirates players are listed. No other team had more prospects on the list, while both the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox had seven apiece. Below is their ranking of Pirates players, along with some other top 100 rankings that came out recently.
Fangraphs then had Jameson Taillon at #20, just three spots below Polanco. MLB.com had Taillon 16th and Law rated him 27th. Baseball Prospectus had Taillon #19, so he is mentioned often in this same range.
Tyler Glasnow was third among Pirates players, coming in at 43rd. It’s the same order that most people have at the top three for the Pirates, though Keith Law was higher on Glasnow than Taillon, placing him 20th. Glasnow ranked 27th for MLB.com
Austin Meadows came in at 48th for Fangraphs. That’s not far off the 45th spot MLB.com had and Keith Law had him 35th.
Alen Hanson is ranked 74th for Fangraphs, fifth among all Pirates prospects. MLB.com had him 67th, and up to this point, they had the Pirates prospects in the same order as Fangraphs.
Nick Kingham came in one spot below Hanson. He wasn’t on the MLB.com list, though they mentioned that he just missed. Keith Law seemed to be on the same page as Fangraphs, placing Hanson and Kingham back-to-back as well, just with Kingham two spots higher and in front of Hanson, who was at the same spot for both.
Finally, Reese McGuire was 90th overall for Fangraphs. He didn’t make the MLB.com or Keith Law list. Baseball Prospectus was ultra high on McGuire, placing him 59th overall and fourth among Pirates players. The 90-100 range seems more fitting and MLB.com mentioned that he wasn’t far off their list.
Josh Bell wasn’t rated in the top 100 by Fangraphs. He was on the MLB.com list at #74, Law had him 97th and Baseball Prospectus had him 77th.