Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects, Minus Gerrit Cole

We usually release our mid-season prospect rankings right after the MLB draft. This not only shows the updated rankings with half of the minor league season in the books, but it also shows where the new draft picks fit in. This year we held the rankings for a few days due to Gerrit Cole making his major league debut. Cole was included in the rankings that were submitted, and was the consensus choice as the top prospect in the system....

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Pirates Rank Seventh in Baseball America’s Organizational Rankings

Baseball America has released their organizational talent rankings today, measuring the talent in each team’s farm system. They release a top 30 list in their annual Prospect Handbook, although that usually sees some changes before the web edition comes around. The Pirates didn’t actually see a change between the two versions, ranking seventh in the book and seventh today. Subscribers can read an in-depth capsule. BA has...

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Pirates Have Seven Prospects in John Sickels’ Top 150

John Sickels released his top 150 prospects today, and has seven Pittsburgh Pirates prospects on the list. The list can be found here, as well as the thought process that goes into the list. Gerrit Cole came in at fifth overall on the list, finishing as the second best pitcher behind Dylan Bundy (3). Next up was Jameson Taillon, who came in at number 17. Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco were back to back, and both made the top 50....

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Pirates Have Five in the FanGraphs Top 100 Prospect List

Marc Hulet of FanGraphs has released his top 100 list, with five Pittsburgh Pirates prospects making the cut. The five players are the usual suspects that have been on every other top prospect list that has been announced so far. Coming in at number six was Gerrit Cole. Only one pitcher was ahead of Cole, and that was Dylan Bundy, who came in at number four. Jameson Taillon came in at number 14. Hulet singled him out, noting that he...

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Gerrit Cole Named One of Baseball America’s Top 20 Rookies For 2013

There are two types of lists that usually come out this time of year. The prospect lists focus on the future and the upside of each player. Then there’s the lists that focus only on the impact prospects can make in the upcoming season. Baseball America released one of those lists today, looking at the top 20 rookies for the 2013 season. The list is ranked based on the impact the player could have in 2013, and not based on...

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Pirates Get Favorable Rankings in the Baseball Prospectus Top 101

  Baseball Prospectus released their top 101 prospects today, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had five players on the list. The highest ranked player was Gerrit Cole, who came in as the third best prospect and the top pitching prospect. This is the highest Cole has been ranked in any of the top 100 prospect lists. Jason Parks questioned why people don’t love Cole, noting that his on-paper stuff is the best in the minors. Jameson...

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