Pirates Have Five in Jonathan Mayo’s Updated Top 100

Austin Meadows was the 75th best prospect in Jonathan Mayo's mid-season ranks.
Austin Meadows was the 75th best prospect in Jonathan Mayo’s mid-season ranks.

Over the weekend, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com released his mid-season top 100 prospects. The list, along with the updated Pirates top 20 prospects, can be found on the MLB Prospect Watch page.

Five Pirates made the top 100 list: Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, Austin Meadows, and Luis Heredia.

Taillon was ranked 12th overall, which is right around where he has been ranked in a lot of these mid-season lists. The report given on him is similar to the other reports, that he has a few things to work on, and is a year away from Pittsburgh.

Gregory Polanco was next, coming in at number 15. Polanco has been a consensus top 25 prospect in the mid-season rankings, and in most lists he has ended up in the 13-20 range. Polanco was ranked 65th overall in the pre-season ranks.

Alen Hanson was next, ranked 44th overall, which was up from 54th overall in the pre-season ranks. He has been in most of the mid-season rankings as a top 50 prospect.

The other mid-season rankings don’t include 2013 draft picks, so this is the first time we’ve gotten to see Meadows ranked. Mayo has him 75th, noting that one scout not with the Pirates said he wouldn’t be surprised if Meadows ends up the best player from this draft class.

Luis Heredia was the final prospect on the list, ranked 83rd. This ranking surprises me. Heredia wasn’t in the pre-season top 100. He was 5th in the Pirates top 20, with Josh Bell 6th and Tyler Glasnow 7th. If any pitcher is going to move up into the top 100, you’d think it would be Glasnow instead of Heredia. Glasnow is a year older, but his stuff is far more advanced, and his numbers are some of the best in the lower levels of the minors. Plus the downsides with Glasnow (command, lack of a changeup) are also downsides for Heredia.

  • there are mlb pitchers that got paid millions of dollars and they are having such as a really bad season….CC SABATHIA its an example…..so what is the point on shooting Heredia like that???? just remember guys…he is not perfect

  • I don’t understand how people or real baseball fan are so rude with their comments about a certain player….looks like instead of support the prospects with a nice comment they just make fun of an 18 year old boy like luis Heredia….hopefully he will make you shut off your mouth and it seems to me that tim Williams does not like luis Heredia at all….

  • It looks like Mayo didn’t update his descriptions since before the season, talking about Taillon finishing the season with 3 outstanding starts. Funniest thing on there, Heredia’s HGT-WGT. 6’6” – 205 lbs. HAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • I really don’t think Mayo’s ranks are worth discussing, so I’ll be brief. I highly doubt there is a reputable talent evaluator out there who is still that high on Heredia, his velocity is down, he doesn’t miss bats, and its not like he’s the only young arm in A ball (he also doesn’t have any remaining projection in his build). Nobody is moving his status up right now, BP was laways teh highest and I bet they don’t have him top 100 anymore. Glasnow is ahead of him by a long shot and Kingham has probably passed him too for the majority of better scouting guys.

    • Spot on. Points to the larger problem with these lists, in that they default to name recognition and hype, but such is life.

    • Yeah, it’s one thing if Heredia was in the pre-season top 100 and was treading water. But what exactly has he done this year to deserve being moved up into the top 100? Show up out of shape or lose velocity and not get results on the field? If that’s the case, I may be a top 100 prospect.

  • How is Glasnow not there? I mean I like Heredia and hoping he will continue to improve and be a front line starter, but Glasnow is dominating with the K’s. He could be on the Kingham track next year and AAA/Bigs in ’15.

  • I agree that Glasnow should be a little ahead of Heredia. I also think Mcguire might be a slightly better get than Meadows, simply because of the value I put on catchers.

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