Baseball Prospectus has released their mid-season top 50 prospects today, and three Pirates prospects made the list. Two of those prospects took a fall from their pre-season rankings, while one made a jump forward.
Gerrit Cole was the first prospect listed, coming in at number 12. That’s down from his pre-season ranking of number nine, which is a bigger drop when you consider all of the players who were at the top in the original rankings who are no longer prospect eligible. Cole has moved down, and has been passed by other prospects.
Jameson Taillon was ranked next at number 32, which was a big drop from his pre-season ranking at number 13.
The one prospect to take a jump was Luis Heredia, who went from number 42 in the pre-season, to number 37.
Kevin Goldstein had two interesting updates on Twitter. When asked if Alen Hanson was close to a top 50 prospect, Goldstein said yes, and said that Gregory Polanco was closer. In a later tweet, he confirmed that he has Polanco ranked ahead of Hanson.