MLB.com released their top 50 prospects for the 2011 season tonight, and Jameson Taillon rated 18th on the list. Taillon was the only Pirates prospect named to the list. You can see the full list here, and the write up of Taillon is here. The Pirates were one of 18 teams to have just one player in the top 50.
The Baseball America top 100 rankings has come out at the end of February during the last two years. I could see Taillon rated a little higher in that list, although I don’t think any other players in the system crack the top 50. As for the rest of the top 100, the contenders would be Stetson Allie, Luis Heredia, and Tony Sanchez.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.