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.