Five Pirates in Baseball America’s Top 50 Midseason Prospect List

Baseball America released their midseason top 50 prospect list and even with the promotion of Gregory Polanco, the Pittsburgh Pirates placed five players on the list.

The Pirates on the list, along with their ranking are:

21. Tyler Glasnow

24. Jameson Taillon

35. Josh Bell

37. Nick Kingham

43. Austin Meadows

The pre-season top 100 from Baseball America had Taillon ranked #22, tops among this group of the players. Glasnow jumped all the way up from the 46th spot ¬†and Austin Meadows moved up six spots despite just beginning his season last week. Nick Kingham was 64th, so he also saw a big jump, while Josh Bell was the most improved, as he didn’t even place in the top 100.

A couple notes on the list. The Twins also placed five players in the top 50. This list doesn’t include any draft picks, so that is why a player like Meadows can move up. Promotions to the Majors have eliminated some of the better players.

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

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.

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  • deacs

    Aweseome. I can’t get enough of these lists. Any indication on how close McGuire and Hanson were to making the list? I would imagine they were in the 65-80 range………
    Good to see Kingham getting his due. I know Keith Law likes him too if decides to do another list soon.

    • Kevin_Young

      I doubt Hanson is even getting top 100 consideration. Not saying I don’t like him, but the sub 750 OPS and mountain of errors aren’t helping him.

      • deacs

        If you think he can stick at SS……which……is iffy, then he’s clearly top 100. But when I saw Pedro airmail that ball in the first inning yesterday I thought there’s just no way in hell I can see an Alvarez/Hanson left side of the infield next year. No way unless Hanson magically cures his fielding or his hitting explodes to the next level.

        • Kevin_Young

          Ew, yea you’re probably looking at records coming from that side of the field, and not in a good way.

        • leowalter

          This isn’t meant to be snarky deacs,but if you have ever seen Hanson hit a line drive double,or a flyball HR from the leadoff spot,you would understand why the organization will give him every opportunity to get to MLB. His bat speed is pretty incredible. And he is playing in AA during his 21yr age.

      • leowalter

        By the way,Kevin Young,Francisco Lindor,the excellent Indians SS prospect, has an OPS of .754. Just a little reminder that sometimes seeing a prospect play is to be better able to judge them than by looking at Fangraph numbers alone.

        • indybucfan

          I wish more people realized this. There is no substitute for watching a player play. They are after all human. Some players exceed the projections and some fall way short.

        • Kevin_Young

          Yes and Lindor is one of the smoothest defenders in all of baseball at SS. Also, regardless of how you feel about numbers, Lindor shows superior plate discipline compared to Hanson

          • leowalter

            You bet Kevin. Supposedly, the Paulino kid the Indians also have, may have an even higher ceiling than Lindor !

            • Kevin_Young

              Young infielders for days over there in Cleveland

  • Nuke Laloosh

    Great to see!