Baseball Prospectus released the 2012 Top
Eleven no wait Top Ten Prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization today. These lists are quite laughable when you go back and take a look at them, but it’s something to keep us occupied until actual games return.
The author this year is Jason Parks. We looked at a tweet last night and expected Dilson Herrera to get some love.
Shortstop Alen Hanson whose bat speed can vault him to a plus hitter, won’t be buried in the teens any longer, Hanson checks in at number five this year.
Gregory Polanco broke out this year in West Virginia. Polanco is suddenly number three in the system according to Parks.
Polanco gets big love for jumping Josh Bell in becoming the most promising position player in Buccos system. Bell is now at number six after his injury cost him most of the 2012 season.
Last year’s list had four Bucs prospects rated as five star prospects they were:
Gerrit Cole at number one.
Jameson Taillon at number two.
Luis Heredia at number three.
Josh Bell at number four.
The four-star prospects were:
Starling Marte at number five.
Robbie Grossman at number six.
The three-star prospects were:
Stetson Allie at number seven.
Kyle McPherson at number eight.
Colton Cain at number nine.
The two-stars were:
Tony Sanchez at number ten.
Bryan Morris at number eleven.
The list had Clay Holmes at number 13, Nick Kingham at 14, Alen Hanson at 17.
Peruse some old top eleven lists at this link.