Updated Top 100 Prospects List from MLB Pipeline

MLB Pipeline updated their top 100 prospects list on Wednesday morning. The new list includes 2022 draft picks for the first time.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are led on the list by catcher Henry Davis, who ranks 20th overall. He is followed by Termarr Johnson in the 30th spot. Those two players are the first round picks of the Pirates in the last two years, with Davis taken first overall last year, and Johnson taken fourth overall this year.

Quinn Priester ranks third among Pirates and gives them three players among the top 50 prospects in the game. He ranks 47th in today’s update. Liover Peguero is fourth in the system and ranks 65th overall in baseball. Nick Gonzales just barely made it onto the list, getting ranked 99th overall. Including Priester and Gonzales, the Pirates have each of their last four (2019-22) top draft picks among top 100 prospects.

These ratings are much more favorable for the Pirates than the recent update from Baseball America, which had four Pirates on their list, starting with Johnson in the 46th spot. He was followed by Priester (69), Peguero (82) and Davis (86).

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tmcgowan

Endy not getting the love…..

JoeNastasi

Any list that has Gonzalez ahead of Endy is a joke & can’t be taken seriously

JimEastTennessee

yet

Danatural08

FYI

Francisco Alvarez, ranked 1st, has a 30% K rate
Gunnar Henderson, ranked 2nd has a 28% K rate
Corbin Carroll, ranked 3rd has a 29% K rate
Marcelo Meyer, ranked #8 has a 31% K rate
Diego Cartaya, ranked #9 has a 34% K rate
Elly De La Cruz, ranked #15 has a 34% K rate

While Nick G&#8 217;s 39% K rate is definitely concerning, his sample size is smaller due to injury, & hopefully he can get it down to 30% by the end of the year.

Danatural08

not sure why it entered that weird stuff when i typed “While Nick G’s…..”

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Problem is that contact was supposed to be Nicky G’s carrying tool, and he so far hasn’t shown the level of contact he was claimed to have. In addition to the others mentioned are showing higher upside in other aspects such as power of defense.

NMR

I’m not joking at all when I say he should pivot.

If the exit velos are there, why not lean into a power focus?

The power numbers evaporated outside of Greensboro, but that also could’ve been approach-driven.

I know dudes I trust are way smarter than me have said he doesn’t have a big swing, and I agree in the mechanical sense, but watch him long enough and I think you absolutely see a difference in effort.

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NMR

Waaayyy better than okay! I think some of those are a bit hot, which I understand can be expected with minor league data, but if true that would put him in like the top 10% of all big leaguers.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

His swing while generally quick and compact does usually seem a full effort approach every cut

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Burrows 100th on Baseball America now too!

leefieux

I am really down on this ‘top’ farm system.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Also of note is Termarr was listed under “Best Tools” for hit category.

skliesen

These lists are fun, but largely irrelevant.

The list I would like to see is a ranking of MLB organizations based on the following criteria:

1. Draft Results
2. Player Development
3. Coaching Aptitude
4. International Free Agency Signing Results

It would interest me to see how Pirates compare to other organizations in these areas over say the last 5 years much more than how Henry Davis compares to Jack Leiter 14 months after they were drafted.

SBRO

They have a list that incorporates all of that information into one statistic.

They call it the “standings” for some reason.

skliesen

Touché.

Or as someone once said about Bear Bryant, “He can beat you with his players, or give you his and beat you with yours.”

Something tells me the Cardinals management team could do that, too.

Rob Baran

I know one of Nick’s developmental coaches from last year. Gonzales had his vision corrected last year, and seems to be having particular trouble picking up Slider spin. He believes player’s makeup will get him to the League, but Ng’s going to have to start seeing the slider if he’s ever going to be an impact bat.

leefieux

Wasn’t there also something out there about his swing being too ‘upper cuttish’?

skliesen

My wife had corrective surgery a number of years ago and had to go back about a year later for a 2nd procedure to refine her vision. Maybe that’s what Nicky Sticks needs to do this winter?

AdministrativeSky236

Wouldnt it be nice if thats all that he needed

bradlej31

Nick Gonzalez was born 5/27/99 and has a .364 OBP
Henry Davis was born in 9/21/99 and has a .320 OBP

dariusm11

The Pirates have been hit hard in the minors this year with injuries, but the underlying fundamentals on Gonzales are worrisome. I have some hope that his strikeout rate in the Arizona Fall League was half of that in Altoona so hoping early this year was an anomaly. On Lonnie White Jr., any idea what his injury is?

csmyczek

Why is Cody Bolton not a top 30 pirates prospect seems like the next man up to me, i know the have him on a pitch count though

TNBucs

I’d really like to see Bolton get some time out of the Pirates’ pen over the last six weeks of the season or even get a start or tow even if the start is limited to three innings.

clemo83

Why did Henry David drop so far on the BA list? Is it mostly the poor defense behind the plate? Aren’t the injuries a potential explanation for that?

zebug

The most important ability, is availability…..

NMR

Not gonna find a bigger fan of him than me, but the defense was a problem prior to the injuries.

The injuries only further increase the odds he’s a first baseman in the show, at which point you have to ask how many 1B are on the BA list at all…

clemo83

I thought the robot umps are supposed catch the ball and throw out base runners…Davis will be fine

Last edited 1 month ago by clemo83
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Very few since both of the Royals’ 1B graduated.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

(I lied. Pratto still has another 50ish ABs to go)

ArkyWags

Injuries, poor D, and other guys from that class have outperformed him. Injuries drop a guy on a list, I think that’s legit.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Just as predicted, Pipeline drops Gonzales (to at least backend) after BA dropped him off their list lol

Last edited 1 month ago by Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

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