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First Pitch: Even With Polanco in the Majors, Pirates Well Represented in Prospect Rankings

First Pitch: Even With Polanco in the Majors, Pirates Well Represented in Prospect Rankings

It was a busy news day today, but the big news to start the day was that the mid-season prospect rankings came out from both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. The Pirates had four in the Baseball Prospectus rankings, and had five in Baseball America’s Top 50. Neither list saw the Pirates with any top 20 talent, which isn't a huge surprise.

Gregory Polanco was just promoted, which removes the only guy who had a chance to be a top 20 prospect. Jameson Taillon is recovering from Tommy John surgery, so his stock was expected to fall out of the top 20. Tyler Glasnow continues to trend up in the prospect lists, but will probably need a reduction in control or success in Altoona to move higher. Josh Bell has soared up the rankings, but is another guy who would need success in Double-A to continue moving up. Austin Meadows could have a chance at the top 20 if he tears up South Atlantic League pitching over the final two months.

All of the top guys are in the majors right now, aft...

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