Gerrit Cole is the number one prospect in the system.
Baseball America has released their top 10 prospects for the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates. The list can be viewed here, and subscribers can read the scouting reports here.
For the second year in a row, Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon rank first and second on the list, respectively. Luis Heredia came in third, followed by Gregory Polanco at fourth and Alen Hanson at fifth. Josh Bell followed at sixth. We’ve got the same players in the top six in our rankings, although the 3-5 order is different. The Pirates once again have a lot of impact talent at the top of their system, so I’d imagine most lists are going to have the same players in the top six.
Kyle McPherson came in at number seven, followed by Justin Wilson at number eight. Barrett Barnes ranks ninth, and Clay Holmes comes in at tenth. McPherson and Barnes rated in our top ten. Holmes rated in the same tier. We had Wilson ranked 14th overall, so there’s a bit of a difference there.