Fangraphs Releases Top 15 Pirates Prospects List

Fangraphs has posted their top 15 Pittsburgh Pirates prospects list today and the beginning of the list is in line with what we saw yesterday from Jonathan Mayo and what we have posted here for our own rankings. The 1-8 spots are taken by(in order) Gregory Polanco, Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, Alen Hanson, Nick Kingham, Reese McGuire and Josh Bell. That was the same exact order that the composite list had yesterday and how we have them in our 2014 prospect guide.

The rest of the group has Harold Ramirez and Luis Heredia rounding out the top ten. Their order is reversed in our guide, but both players are very young with tons of upside, so there isn’t much difference between the two right now. After that, the list differs a lot from our list, but the system at this point is not only top heavy, it’s deep with talent and the differences just proves that fact.

Fangraphs has JaCoby Jones, Barrett Barnes and Wyatt Mathisen in the 11-13 spots. All three are high ceiling players that had injury issues in 2013 and if healthy, all three could be breakout players this year. Clay Holmes and Jaff Decker round out the list. Fangraphs’ top 100 list had seven Pirates make the cut.

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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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  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 leefoo

    I’m surprised that Jaff Decker has made a couple of top prospect lists (KLaw’s was the other?).

    Might we have stolen him from the Padres?

    • John Dreker

      A lot of people like his ability to get on base. From a corner outfielder, I’d like to see more than ten homers from someone playing in the Pacific Coast League. He does take a decent amount of walks, but he doesn’t have great speed, needs to show more power, has a high strikeout rate and his average was low during his best year. Sure he had 103 walks and 19 homers in 2011, but he hit .236, so his OPS was just .790. That OPS ranked him 15th in the Texas League among players with enough PAs, but there were also a handful of players that hit better and moved up mid-season.

      Basically, I’m not sold on him right now, but he does show some good qualities to his game. He seems like you could hope for Jack Cust, with better defense, if all goes right.

      • absolute59

        With not much power don’t really see how he could be Jack Cust who between 2007 and 2009 hit 84 HRs in Oakland.

  • http://atung.net/ Steve Zielinski


    Some of Hulet’s capsule characterizations of the players were debatable. I wait for the day when someone can tell me why prospect watchers consistently attribute a higher ceiling to Archie Bradley than to Glasnow. Hulet also assigns Hanson to 2B, although Hanson addressed his inconsistently issues last year. Hanson initially struggled at Bradenton and Altoona but rebounded afterwards. Taillon, Glasnow Hanson and Kingham may have much higher ceilings than Hulet believes they have.

  • duckwoes

    Just curious John, did Fangraphs rate each team’s farm system 1-30? I don’t remember seeing that

  • smurph

    I still have high hopes for Josh Bell. He had a decent year last season, coming off a nasty injury. This will be an important year for him. I could see him possibly having a better career than a couple of guys ranked ahead of him.

    • emjayinTN

      Smurph: Rumor was that he could be a candidate to expose to 1B – good size, good instincts, good hands and feet, and a switchhitter. I wonder if they are doing anything with him in ST?

      • csnumber23

        I think eventually there is a good chance of him moving to 1B. I don’t think they will do it though until he gets a lot closer to the majors. I think they want his bat to be ready first. I agree though, I still think Bell is going to be a good player for the Bucs.

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