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....
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