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Pirates Well Represented in MLB Top 100 Prospects Release

By Kipper @pghsportsforum
You can see the full-list of MLB's Top 100 Prospects for 2014 here:
To make the list more relevant for Bucco fans here's the skinny:
-The Pirates had 6 prospects in the top 100 and had a couple more very close (I will discuss those later).
-Gregory Polanco ranked 13th overall
-Jameson Taillon ranked 16th overall
-Tyler Glasnow ranked 27th overall
-Austin Meadows ranked 45th overall
-Alan Hanson ranked 67th overall
-Josh Bell ranked 74th overall
This comes after the Pirates had five players rank in the top 10 prospects per position with another two prospects ranking #11 in the position-specific rankings:
-Gregory Polanco was ranked the 3rd best outfielder
-Jameson Taillon was ranked as the 5th best Right Handed pitcher
-Austin Meadows was ranked as the 9th best outfielder
-Alan Hanson was ranked as the 8th best shortstop
-Reese McGuire was ranked as the 7th best catching prospect
-Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell were ranked as the #11's in best right handed pitcher and outfielder categories
Other important notes:
-Jim Callis, one of the two main contributors to the MLB rankings, had Nick Kingham in his personal list of top 100 prospects and Kingham, therefore, was very close to making the overall top 100 list
-Jim Callis also mentions that Reese McGuire was VERY close to making this years top 100 list
That means the Pirates probably have 8 of the top 105-110 prospects in MLB. Fairly impressive. Although, I will say that there are other organizations who might not have the depth that the Pirates do, but do have more top-heavy elite systems. To compare the Pirates organization to other organizations here's the Top 100 Prospect breakdown:
Red Sox: 9
Astros: 7
Cubs: 7
Pirates: 6 prospects
Twins: 5 also analyzed the organizations by points (number #1 prospect earns the organization 100-points etc down the list) and the Pirates ranked as follows:
1. Astros (439 points)
2. Red Sox (436 points)
3. Cubs (393 points)
4. Pirates (364 points)
5. Twins (342)
The Twins had two of the top 5 prospects: #1 Byron Buxton and #4 Miguel Sano. Maybe not the depth of the Pirates organization, but some truly exceptional top-heavy talent for the Twins.

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