Now that the 2012 Draft is over, it's time to update the Pittsburgh Pirates top 20 prospect rankings. This update not only takes in to consideration where the new draft picks fall in to the system, but where the current players rank after two months in the 2012 season.

I put a focus on the tiered rankings, as they give a better indication of the talent levels of each player, and where the drop offs in the top 20 are. At the bottom of the article is a numerical top 20. I changed the order of this roughly 1562 times, but in the end the tiers are all that matter, as any order inside the tiers is just splitting hairs, especially when you get to tiers three and four.

Two notable players aren't on this list. Jordy Mercer drew consideration for the list, being ranked in everyone's top 20. H...

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