Baseball America released their top ten list of Pittsburgh Pirates prospects on Thursday morning. The article also includes the best tools in the system and the projected 2026 lineup.
Since it is a subscription site, I’ll quickly go over the list and leave the information about their choices in the article. They have Endy Rodriguez as the top prospect in the system, followed by Termarr Johnson and Henry Davis in the 2/3 spots. BA then went high on Luis Ortiz, putting him fourth in the system ahead of multiple Pirates players from their last top 100 list. The top five is rounded out by Quinn Priester.
The 6-10 (in order) has Bubba Chandler, Liover Peguero, Nick Gonzales, Mike Burrows and Thomas Harrington, the 2022 draft 36th overall pick, who has yet to debut.
Our own prospect lists will be released soon, so I won’t give spoilers for those either. I will say that the top three prospects will probably be the same players but in different orders depending on who you ask. Both Johnson and Davis will end up first on some lists I’m sure. Ortiz seems very high for someone who has the risk to end up as a power reliever still, while Burrows seems a bit low in comparison. I know a trusted source who has him as the top pitching prospect in the system.
Don’t be surprised to see as many as nine of these players show up on the various top 100 prospects lists once all of those are revealed. I have doubts that all nine would make the same list, but the combined lists from major sources could have a total of nine show up at least once.
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.