Six prospects ranked in Top 100

MLB.com has re-ranked their Top 100 prospects, as well as the Top 20 for each team. Top 100 can be viewed HERE, and Pirates Top 20 HERE.

Here are the Pirates prospects that made the top 100 list, along with their 2012 stats:
8. Gerrit Cole, RHP
5-1, 2.55 ERA at Bradenton
3-6, 2.90 ERA at Altoona
1-0, 4.50 ERA at Indianapolis

16. Jameson Taillon, RHP
6-8, 3.82 ERA at Bradenton
3-0, 1.59 ERA at Altoona

34. Starling Marte, OF
.286 avg, .847 OPS at Indianapolis
.253 avg, .708 OPS at Pittsburgh

54. Alen Hanson, INF
.309 avg, .909 OPS at West Virginia

73. Luis Heredia, RHP
4-2, 2.71 ERA at State College

95. Gregory Polanco, OF
.325 avg, .910 OPS at West Virginia

Josh Bell, who was included in MLB.com’s preseason rankings, dropped from the list since he’s been injured since April. New to the list are Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco, who had breakout seasons for West Virginia, as well as young stud Luis Heredia.

Updated MLB.com top 20 Pirates prospects:
1. Cole
2. Taillon
3. Marte
4. Hanson
5. Heredia
6. Polanco
7. Josh Bell, OF
8. Jeff Locke, LHP
9. Justin Wilson, LHP
10. Kyle McPherson, RHP
11. Barrett Barnes, OF
12. Alex Dickerson, 1B
13. Bryan Morris, RHP
14. Nick Kingham, RHP
15. Wyatt Mathisen, C
16. Tony Sanchez, C
17. Victor Black, RHP
18. Willy Garcia, OF
19. Brock Holt, INF
20. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP

A few of these players are currently on the big league roster (Marte (injured), Locke, Wilson, McPherson, Holt), while others still have a long way to go. Exactly half of the top 20 list consists of pitchers. Catching and middle infield is still a big hole in the system. Mathisen was just drafted this season, and Sanchez hasn’t done much in the minors. It’s great to see Hanson come out of nowhere and have an awesome season, but he’s still down in A-ball. Hopefully these players, especially the top prospects, can keep moving up through the system.

Read this for more info on the prospects, lists, etc.

Go Bucs

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