Baseball America’s Mid-Season Top 10 Pirates Prospects

Baseball America posted their mid-season top 10 prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday morning. The top half of this list was announced when they did their mid-season top 100 prospects list last week.

On that list, Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, Josh Bell, Kevin Newman and Mitch Keller were all in the top 52 spots in that order. The mid-season list for the Pirates has Harold Ramirez ranked sixth, followed by Cole Tucker, Steven Brault, Ke’Bryan Hayes and Reese McGuire rounding out the top ten. That’s different from their own top 100 list, which had Hayes ranked 72nd and no one else from that 6-10 group in the top 100, so they strayed a little bit there.

Even though he still has prospect eligibility, Jameson Taillon wasn’t considered for the list. Chad Kuhl and Adam Frazier were, since neither made the majors by BA’s June 22nd deadline for this list. Both were listed among the fast risers, along with Dovydas Neverauskas.

The falling player was Willy Garcia, which isn’t a surprise since they were high on him, ranking Garcia 12th in their prospect guide. He has hit just three homers this season, strikeouts are still a big issue and he has clearly lost some speed in the last couple years.

  • Eric Marshall
    August 4, 2016 4:58 pm

    Love how Baseball America just two weeks ago had Harold at 6 and Reese at 10 but, but, but all the “newly” minted rankings had them much lower in fact very replaceable prospects like Jin DeJang…

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 15, 2016 10:13 pm

    Cole Tucker #7?? He’s hitting .230 in A ball..

  • Was Hanson not considered because of his brief call-up?

    • I think he wasn’t considered because he’s fast becoming a non-prospect?

      He still has value, but mainly for his defense and speed?

  • Cole Tucker has really fallen off lately. His young age or the long season catching up with him?
    Is Garcia falling as a prospect? His star doesn’t appear to be as bright.

  • Nuke Laloosh
    July 15, 2016 1:02 pm

    I’m just glad and thankful we have so many prospects in the top 100 to discuss!

  • Taillon as #4 SP and Keller as #3 in 2019?


    • I think Clay Holmes will be somewhere in the mix as well.

      • Holmes is behind Kingham for me, but both should be in the mix for a rotation spot.

    • I look back at those in my BA Prospect Books and they are usually so far off it isn’t funny. Take those with a grain of salt…make that TWO grains.


  • Surprise to me that Gage Hinze isn’t on that list or Polo who is a clear fast rising talent. Also shows something that Craig isn’t there

    • Craig was not eligible since he was drafted in 2016 and those players were not considered for the list.

  • Garcia as the 2019 closer. Is that just for fun or do they really think he’s somewhat of a two pitch pitcher I wonder.