In the latest issue of Baseball America, J.J. Cooper and others ranked the top players by age(from 16 to 25) and the Pittsburgh Pirates had five representatives on the list. For each age, Cooper listed the top five players, so 50 names in all made the list.
Michael de la Cruz was named the fifth best 17-year-old. The center fielder was also named one of the top 20 players from the 2013 DSL/VSL season and one of ten international players with breakout potential this year. He is in his first season in the States and will likely open up the year in the Gulf Coast League.
Next up is the 18-year-old players and another center field made the list, Austin Meadows. He was ranked third overall in the group after a strong pro debut in 2013. The ninth overall selection in the 2013 draft will miss some regular season time due to a hamstring injury and cold weather in West Virginia.
The 22-year-old class is full of talent with Mike Trout, Michael Wacha, Kris Bryant and Jonathan Gray, but G...
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.