MLB Pipeline updated their top 100 prospects list on Wednesday morning and the Pittsburgh Pirates are well-represented in the top half of the list.
Pipeline has Henry Davis rated as the #19 prospect in baseball, followed one spot lower by Oneil Cruz. Nick Gonzales still rates high for them despite early season struggles and a trip to the 60-day IL, coming in at the #31 prospect. Quinn Priester also rates well despite missed time, ranking 36th overall. Not far behind is Liover Peguero, who ranks 45th overall.
Back in late May, those players ranked this way:
18 Nick Gonzales
20 Henry Davis
22 Oneil Cruz
51 Quinn Priester
62 Liover Peguero
It is a bit surprising that Mike Burrows didn’t make the jump to this list. I figured that he would sneak onto the back-end of the list after showing improvements with his pitches and strong results to match. I should also note that Roansy Contreras is still eligible for us, but not for Pipeline. They use the standard limits we do (no more than 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 games pitched), but they also use service time, so anyone who surpasses 45 non-September/October days can be removed from the list before reaching any of those marks. Contreras is at 47 innings in the majors.