Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo have released their top pitching prospect duos in the minor leagues. Callis had Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow third overall on his list, while Mayo had that combo first overall. The best part about these rankings is that they don’t include Gerrit Cole, who lost prospect eligibility last year.
Callis has the Rockies (Jon Gray and Eddie Butler) and the Orioles (Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman) ahead of the Pirates. However, I think if you expanded the rankings to guys that were 25 and under, which would include Cole, the Pirates would be hands down winners. It’s not that winning a list like this is the important thing. The important thing here is that this is another reminder that the Pirates could have a very good rotation of young, talented pitchers. Taillon should join the Pirates in 2014, while Glasnow could be up as early as mid-2015. Those guys could also be joined by Nick Kingham in the next year.