First Pitch: Updated Prospect Rankings

Fangraphs has posted updated prospect rankings to include 2020 draft picks. The new rankings include a top 127 (don’t ask me why 127) for all prospects, as well as the rankings just for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

First round pick Nick Gonzales enters the top 127 rankings in 92nd place. Fangraphs has the highest rankings for the Pirates farm system, so a 92nd place ranking in the top 127 has him lower in the system than it would for most other sources. Gonzales ranks (in order) behind Ke’Bryan Hayes, Oneil Cruz, Mitch Keller, Travis Swaggerty and Tahnaj Thomas. He’s slightly ahead of Liover Peguero, who was in the top 100 before the draft, but has since dropped out (now at 104).

Carmen Mlodzinski (31st overall draft pick) now ranks 14th overall in the system, placed between Rodolfo Castro and Nick Mears.

Third round pick Nick Garcia is ranked 23rd in the system between Kevin Kramer and Michael Burrows.

Second round pick Jared Jones is now 25th for the Pirates, one spot behind Burrows.

Fourth round pick Jack Hartman and fifth rounder Logan Hofmann didn’t make the expanded rankings, which goes to 46 spots now for the Pirates.

We will have our own updated rankings after the draft picks officially sign.

*We will have at least four articles today, including this one. If any news comes up, that will be added on top of the four scheduled articles. As for what’s coming up today on the schedule, we have:

This Date in Pirates History: Two pitchers who put in some solid stats over a stretch with the Pirates were born on June 19th.

Obscure Pittsburgh Pirates: I would tell you who our 14th player is in this feature, but you’ve probably never heard of him, which is why we have the article in the first place.

1979 Season Recap: Pirates take on the Giants

We posted in the early afternoon yesterday about the MLB “negotiations”, but I forgot to feature the article, so it wasn’t up top for the first few hours after it was posted. In case you missed the fun, here’s the article.


My dad likes Grand Funk, just thought I’d throw that in there



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.

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