MLB.com Pirates Top 30 Prospects

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MLB.com Pirates Top 30 Prospects

Postby Crimson's Ghost » July 25th, 2017, 12:06 am

MLB.com just redid the top 100 list, and top 30 team lists. I know I'm probably the only one that follows this stuff, but it's a slow time of year and I'm bored watching this late night game.  

1. Austin Meadows  OF 22 years old AAA Indy   (#20 overall)
Meadows has been hurt since June.  He had a rough start to the year but was in a hot streak when he went down. They aren't going to resign Cutch, and Meadows is expected to be the replacement there.  He's still a top 20 prospect in the game, so he's still very highly regarded by mostly everyone. 

2. Mitch Keller RHP 21 years old High-A Bradenton (#22 overall)
Probably the next big homegrown righty the Pirates have.  Cole and Taillon have been successes, and the jury's still out on Glasnow. The Pirates like guys in this mold, and Keller has been very good in his minor league career. 

3. Shane Baz  RHP 18 years old  Rookie-A   (#88 overall)
The Pirates first round pick immediately is graded as a top 100 prospect. High expectations for the kid that just turned 18.  He throws high 90's and again is the power right hander the organization loves. Long time until he will see Pittsburgh, I would imagine. 

4. Ke'Bryan Hayes 3B 20 years old  High-A Bradenton    
Hayes was their second of their two first round picks in 2015. He's been pretty good so far for a high school player and has moved through the system quicker than most.  He still needs to develop power it seems, only 1 homer this year. 

5. Cole Tucker SS  21 years old  AA Altoona
Tucker was their first round pick in 2014, and just got promoted to Altoona a few days ago. His most intriguing stat: 36 stolen bases this season. 

6. Kevin Newman SS 23 years old AAA Indy
Newman just got the move to AAA, and is presumably the next starting shortstop in waiting. Mercer becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2019. Newman has battled injuries and started the seasons slow, but has been on fire lately.  

7. Steven Brault LHP  25 years old AAA Indy
Brault is having a strong season in Indy, 8-4 with a 2.06 ERA in 17 starts. He was recently called to the majors and will work out of the bullpen. 

8. Will Craig 1B 22 years old High-A Bradenton
Craig was the first round pick in 2016. He is having a very strong year in his first full year playing professionally. He's batting .296 with a .395 OBP.  He should be heading to Altoona in the near future, not much more he needs to show in class A. 

9. Nick Kingham RHP 25 years old AAA Indy
Kingham is now the forgotten man. He was up there with Glasnow and Taillon before injuries and has fallen back a bit.  With the current rotation, Brault and Glasnow, he's down the food chain a bit. Not to mention, he's not having a strong year with a 4.75 ERA for the Indians. 

10. Kevin Kramer 2B 23 years old AA Altoona
Kramer is listed as the ninth best second-base prospect in baseball. He's batting .297 on the year, but has been on the DL for a while. 

11. Steven Jennings RHP  18 years old   Rookie-A  
Jennings was their second round pick this year, and like Baz he's a tall right handed prep pitcher.  Still has a ways to go in his development. 

12. Taylor Hearn LHP   22 years old   High-A Bradenton
Hearn was the second part in the Melancon trade.  He may not have been a throw-in, he has 106 strikeouts in 87 innings this year, which is insane.  He may eventually be a reliever. He is currently on the DL. 

13. Gage Hinsz RHP 21 years old  High-Bradenton
Hinsz was an over-slot pick in the 2014 draft. He's a tall projectable right handed pitcher from the high school ranks. Not having the best of seasons, but still young enough to improve. 

14. Cal Mitchell OF 18 years old  Rookie-A
Second round pick in this draft. At one time, many thought he'd be a top 10 pick but he dropped to the Pirates at the 50th overall pick.  
15. Conner Uselton OF 19 years old  Rookie-A
Uselton was another high schooler picked in this year's draft by the Pirates in the first three rounds. Like the other 3, it's still too early to know which way their careers will go, but they have high expectations. 

16. Luis Escobar RHP 21 years old  Low-A West Virginia
8-5 with a 4.01 ERA in 18 starts this season.  Still in the lower parts of the organization. 

17.Travis MacGregor RHP 19 years old  Rookie-Bristol
MacGregor was the second round pick last year. He's a tall right hander that throws hard. Still in the lower ends of the minors. 

18. Clay Holmes RHP 24 years old AAA-Indy
Holmes was expected to be in the majors by now, but has had an injury riddled career. He's supporting a 7-4 record with a 3.51 ERA in AAA this season.  He should be considered a depth option for next season. 

19. Yeudy Garcia RHP 24 years old AA Altoona
Garcia is struggling in Altoona this season, and is a bit old to still be in AA. He's been dropping in these rankings for a while now. 

20. Jordan Luplow OF 23 years old AAA Indy
Luplow was having a strong season in AA and was promoted to AAA and has been on fire since that happened.  Overall, he's hitting .299 with 21 home runs this season. 

21. Stephen Alemais SS 22 years old  High-A Bradenton
Alemais was a third round pick last year out of Tulane.  The Pirates have really emphasized middle infielders in recent drafts it seems. 

22. Edgar Santana RHP 25 years old  AAA Indy
Santana has been between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis this season. He's a hard throwing reliever and is having a solid season in AAA, but it hasn't translated to the majors just yet. 

23. Brandon Waddell LHP  23 years old AA Altoona
A highly successful college pitcher that has been promoted aggressively by the Pirates.  He struggles and will probably never be more than a #4 starter at his max. 

24. Brandon Ogle  LHP  19 years old Rookie-Bristol
Another highly thought of high school pitcher the Pirates love. His development will take time. 

25. Dovydas Neverauskas RHP  24 years old AAA Indy
The first Lithuanian born player to ever make the majors. He struggled in his brief stint in Pittsburgh, but has been solid in Indianapolis. 

26. Tyler Eppler  RHP  24 years old AAA Indy
Another depth option as a starting pitcher in AAA.  He's low man on the totem pole and it's hard to see him having a major league role with the Pirates in the near future. 

27. Domingo Robles LHP 19 years old  Rookie-Bristol 
He was signed back in 2014 out of the Dominican Republic. His future is still unknown for the most part. 

28. Max Kranick RHP  20 years old  Rookie
Kranick has yet to pitch this season. He was an 11th round pick in last year's draft. 

29. Dario Agrazal RHP 22 years old AA Altoona
Currently on the DL. Spent most of the year in Bradenton, but got the call to Altoona before getting injured. 

30. Eric Wood  3B  24 years old AAA Indy
Wood is a utility man, which the Pirates have a lot of between the majors and AAA.  He's competing with guys like Moroff, Ngoepe, Bostrick, and Gosselin ect. 



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Re: MLB.com Pirates Top 30 Prospects

Postby Manfred » July 25th, 2017, 9:13 am

It must be a slow, boring middle of summer. I actually read all that. But seriously, CG, a good capsule. How's that .500 plateau looking to everyone?
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Re: MLB.com Pirates Top 30 Prospects

Postby 12HankQB » July 25th, 2017, 9:51 am

These guys will all be stars......for other teams
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Re: MLB.com Pirates Top 30 Prospects

Postby Crimson's Ghost » July 25th, 2017, 11:26 am

Well the Pirates don't trade away minor leaguers they think are good. So I think they are safe.

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Re: MLB.com Pirates Top 30 Prospects

Postby Crimson's Ghost » August 10th, 2017, 10:51 pm

Nick Kingham (#9) on this list threw a complete game 2 hitter on 85 pitches tonight. Pretty ridiculous, you don't see something like that everyday.

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Re: MLB.com Pirates Top 30 Prospects

Postby DragonsDoExist » August 11th, 2017, 4:40 am

Crimson's Ghost wrote:Nick Kingham (#9) on this list threw a complete game 2 hitter on 85 pitches tonight. Pretty ridiculous, you don't see something like that everyday.


Only went to 3 ball count on 2 batters the entire game. That's impressive.


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Re: MLB.com Pirates Top 30 Prospects

Postby Crimson's Ghost » August 11th, 2017, 8:30 am

If it weren't for the injuries, it would have been him in the rotation right now and probably not Kuhl or Williams.  He got shelled on July 19, and since then in his last four starts, he's gone 4-0 with 30.2 innings pitched, allowing just 3 earned runs, 21 strikeouts-3 walks. He's having some kind of run. 

Good to see him pitching like the kind of pitcher he was before his injuries. 

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Re: MLB.com Pirates Top 30 Prospects

Postby Crimson's Ghost » August 11th, 2017, 9:47 pm

While he technically isn't on this list, perhaps the Pirates' best and most promising minor league pitcher is still 23 year old Tyler Glasnow.

He pitched 7 innings tonight, allowed one run struck out 11 and just one walk.

Obviously walks are his biggest thing, his last three starts he has 30 strikeouts to 3 walks.



Since being demoted, Tyler Glasnow has 11 starts.  68.2 Innings Pitched.  103 strikeouts and a 1.57 ERA. That's downright dominant. 

He's doing what he needs to do in the minors, would be nice if he could translate it somewhat to the majors.


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