Both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline rated the prospects included in the deadline deals. Not surprisingly, Oneil Cruz ranked better for Pipeline, who placed him 16th on their Pirates top 30 prospect list. For the players included in deadline deals, Cruz ranked 22nd overall. Pipeline only ranked the top 39 prospects.
Baseball America has Cruz ranked as the 28th best and they went to the top 61 prospects for their list. They also had the other player acquired from the Dodgers, reliever Angel German, as the 46th best on their list. He didn't make the shorter Pipeline list. Seth McGarry, who the Pirates sent to the Phillies, wasn't on either list.
Since we acknowledged that our ranking of Cruz in the fifth tier (prospects ranked 23-32 in the system) was more in line with Baseball Ameri...
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