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.
Gregory Polanco was tops among all Pirates players for Fangraphs, coming in at the 17th spot. On MLB.com's top 100 list, Polanco was rated 13th overall. Keith Law also had him 13th overall.
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
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.