Baseball America released two lists today for young talent around baseball. First up was their rankings of top talent among players 25 years old or younger and the Pittsburgh Pirates were ranked 11th overall. Earlier in the month, Baseball Prospectus released a similar list and the Pirates ranked fourth, but their standard for ranking the players was different than Baseball America. BP rated the overall talent among players 25 and under, while BA favored teams that had more talent already in the majors.
Baseball America also released a list of the top individual players that are 25 and under. The top Pirates player on that list was Gerrit Cole in the 15th spot. Also on the list were Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte, coming in at #32 and #33 respectively. Jameson Taillon did not make the top 50 list.
The Pirates ranked third among NL Central teams on the team list, with the Cardinals coming in third place and the Cubs listed in fifth place. There is a big difference from the top...
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.