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First Pitch: Is Tyler Glasnow the Top Prospect in the Pirates’ System?

First Pitch: Is Tyler Glasnow the Top Prospect in the Pirates’ System?

We rank prospects on this site twice a year. The biggest set of rankings comes in the off-season, which we release in the annual Prospect Guide. We also release a mid-season update. The mid-season version is usually pretty close to the pre-season rankings, since there usually aren't too many changes to a player's prospect status over two months. The key to the mid-season update is to see where the new draft picks fall in, see where the breakout players would rank, and see how the system looks after players graduate to the majors.

It's not until the end of the season that I start thinking about specific battles in the rankings. I will add a few disclaimers here. First is that the overall rankings on the site aren't just up to me, but for the rest of this article, I'll be giving my opinion alone. Second, if you've read any of our rankings, you know that I prefer tiered rankings, and don't value numerical rankings as much. That doesn't mean we don't put time into the numerical rankings...

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