Baseball America continued their rankings of the top prospects by position on Tuesday morning, completing the infield with their shortstop list.

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a total of four players make the first four lists. They were shutout at the catching position last Wednesday, then saw Mason Martin ranked among the top first basemen. Kevin Kramer ranked 12th on the second base list. Then on Monday morning, both Ke’Bryan Hayes and Colin Moran made the third base list.

Tuesday’s shortstop list shows how deep the position is for prospects. BA considers it to be a five star class this year and their top 100 prospects list included the first 13 players on their top shortstop list. Kevin Newman and Cole Tucker didn’t make their top 100 list, but they are listed among the top 20 shortstops today.

Newman ranks as the 17th best at the position, two spots ahead of Tucker. Newman was ranked as the seventh best shortstop prospect by BA at this time last year, so he has dropped 11 spots in the rankings. Tucker was the 16th best last year. While he has also dropped, it appears that his small drop is due more to the strength of the position now compared to 2017. Tucker dropped three spots and this year’s top 100 list includes three more shortstops than last year’s list.

Tucker got some love yesterday when both Fangraphs and ZiPS projections put him among the top 100 prospects.

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  1. I’d like for Huntington to swing a deal with the Marlins for realmuto and starlin Castro. I think sending Newman, Lolo Sanchez or cal mitchell, and Shane baz works for both sides.

  2. All of these prospects have so much potential! Years ago, an aging veteran center for the Atlanta Falcons who had to face mutiple young centers with potential competing for his job in his very long career, explained that “Potential” was a French word that meant that you were not worth much of anything yet. He retired from the NFL at age 40.

      • I loved getting little bits and pieces of information about potential stars like Al Oliver, Richie Hebner, Manny Sanguillen, and Bob Robertson when I was a kid. I used to look forward to seeing the Sporting News to get the minor league stats back when the Sporting News was primarily a baseball tabloid.

        Today I can literally get more Pirates minor league information in one day than what I got in my first 40 years of following the team. I find it amazing and so enjoyable.

          • I remember it came out weekly, and the first thing I would turn to was the column about the Pirates. I always looked forward to it.
            Those were the days!

          • I loved that magazine, too. It seemed to have great statistical stories like the all-time Triples team or the all-time Pirates team. I still remember that Gus Suhr used to be listed as the greatest Pirates first baseman.

        • My story is similar, Terry. My uncle shared his copies of the Sporting News with me in my very young days. I still recall the headline in the Sporting News when the Bucs traded Oliver: Buccos bust buttons over Blyleven barter. Classic headline.

        • The High School library had The Sporting News, and I remember it dearly. Wow did it help pass the time! Thanks for bringing it up as I had forgotten about it 🙂

      • I would prefer prospects with talent to prospects with potential. But lacking the former, I would accept the latter.

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