Pittsburgh Pirates: MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects for 2017

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Finally, MLB Pipeline released their Top 100 Prospects in baseball list.  The Pittsburgh Pirates are well represented on the list once again for 2017.  The Bucs continue to own one of the best minor league systems in baseball.

Every year MLB Pipeline puts out their prospect lists.  So far this year, they have released their top 10 prospects for each position.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have multiple players on these lists including Tyler Glasnow, Josh Bell, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Austin Meadows.  Also, prospects like Mitch Keller and Kevin Newman received honorable mentions at their respective positions.  Now, they have released their Top 100 prospects in all of baseball.  The main people who put the list together are Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo.

What does Top 100 Tell Us?

All though the Top 100 prospect list is not the “be-all and end-all,” it is still interesting to see where the Pittsburgh Pirates rank.  This gives fans a good idea of the kind of future talent the organization has.  Players ranking in the top 50 are expected to be all-star caliber, while 50-100 are expected to solid everyday players.  Another thing people like to look at these lists is for trades.  Many fans who are building trades immediately jump to the list to figure out value exchanging hands.  For instance, when the Red Sox acquired Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech, everyone valued it based on the 2016 top 100 list. So it is good for fans to get an idea of the amount of talent, or value, that their favorite teams might be acquiring.

Top Prospects for 2017

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had multiple players on the list over the last few years. Players such as Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, and currently Josh Bell and Austin Meadows (who once again are on it).  So who do they have this year on the list? List will start from lowest ranked to highest (100-1)