On Wednesday night, MLB Network began their top 100 countdown of current Major League players. The countdown consisted of five shows, each an hour long, shown over the last three days. Andrew McCutchen was obviously the highest rated player from the Pittsburgh Pirates, but his spot could surprise people a little based on previous rankings on MLB Network.
McCutchen ranked sixth overall, falling behind Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, Felix Hernandez and Chris Sale. At the end of the show, McCutchen was named one of the players who could move to the top spot next year. During their position-by-position rankings, McCutchen was ranked ahead of Mike Trout for center fielders, though they did say the top ten position rankings and the top 100 were compiled by different sources.
As for the four other Pirates players in the top 100, they all ranked in the second half of the list. Josh Harrison made his debut on the list in the 64th spot. Neil Walker was next at 73rd and Starling Marte ranked 81st. Gerrit Cole was the last Pirate to make the list, ending up 92nd, which was two spots behind Russell Martin. You can view the entire list here.
It should be noted that the top of the listed is loaded with Washington Nationals, with five players from the team in the top 35 spots. That doesn’t include Stephen Strasburg or Doug Fister, who were rated 68th and 69th on the list and Jayson Werth, who was 76th overall. Most consider the Nationals to be the top team in the NL(and in baseball), so they seem to have the star power to back up that spot.