Jonathan Mayo Says the Pirates Have the Top Farm System
Nov01

Jonathan Mayo Says the Pirates Have the Top Farm System

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com picked his top farm system today, and went with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In another article, Mayo’s MLB.com colleague, Jim Callis, went with the Houston Astros. Mayo explains that he went with the Pirates because of their combination of impact talent and depth. He pointed out that they could have eight top 100 prospects, and that the rest of the guys in the top 20 leave something to like, even if they...

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Josh Bell Could Be a Top 100 Prospect Next Year
Oct17

Josh Bell Could Be a Top 100 Prospect Next Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a lot of top prospects in their system. Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco have emerged as consensus top 25 prospects in baseball. Alen Hanson and Tyler Glasnow are both getting attention as top 50 prospects. Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire will most likely crack a lot of top 100 lists next year. Nick Kingham could also challenge for the back end of a few top 100 lists, while Luis Heredia has been on some...

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Taillon, Polanco, and Kingham are Top Eastern League Prospects
Oct14

Taillon, Polanco, and Kingham are Top Eastern League Prospects

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2013 Eastern League, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had three players on the list. Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, and Nick Kingham were all ranked, with the latter two playing the second half of the season at the level. Taillon was ranked sixth overall in the league, and the third best pitcher. Baseball America noted that his changeup improved to the point that some rate it...

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Gerrit Cole Was the Number Three Prospect in the International League
Oct10

Gerrit Cole Was the Number Three Prospect in the International League

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2013 International League today. Gerrit Cole was the only Pirates prospect on the list, and was ranked third. Cole finished behind Xander Bogaerts and Wil Myers. Cole and Myers no longer have prospect eligibility, but the Triple-A rankings only consider guys that came into the season with prospect eligibility. We’ve already seen what Cole can do in the majors, so going...

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Polanco, Kingham, and Hanson Are Top Prospects in the FSL
Oct07

Polanco, Kingham, and Hanson Are Top Prospects in the FSL

Baseball America released their top prospects from the 2013 Florida State League, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have three players on the list. Gregory Polanco, Nick Kingham, and Alen Hanson all made the top 20, giving the Pirates three players on a top 20 list for the first time this season. Polanco was the first prospect ranked, and came in fourth overall. Baseball America noted that the biggest question with Polanco is his power...

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Tyler Glasnow Ranked the Second Best SAL Prospect
Oct02

Tyler Glasnow Ranked the Second Best SAL Prospect

Baseball America released their South Atlantic League top 20 prospects for the 2013 season, and of course Tyler Glasnow was on the list. The right-hander finished second in the rankings, which snapped the Pirates’ streak of number one overall prospects on these lists. BA noted all of the usual stuff on Glasnow. He’s a 6′ 7″ pitcher who throws 92-97 and had 164 strikeouts and a .142 BAA in a year where he just...

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