Earlier today we posted Baseball America’s updated top 30 prospects list for the Pittsburgh Pirates. BA also updated their top 100 prospects list, which now includes 2019 draft picks. The Pirates have three players in the new top 100.
Ke’Bryan Hayes took over the top spot in the system in the top 30 list, and that has him 39th overall on the top 100 list. He’s five spots lower than his previous ranking for BA, though three of those spots come from the addition of draft picks ahead of him.
Mitch Keller dropped 19 spots, landing one spot behind Hayes at 40th overall. At least 15 players have fallen more spots than Keller, with another five who were ranked 86-100 dropping out of the top 100 as well.
Oneil Cruz has the third spot in the system and he ranks 67th overall. That’s a drop of two spots from the last update to the top 100, though six of the players ahead of him now are draft picks who weren’t eligible during the previous update.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.