Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Keith Law released his top 100 prospects today, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had five players on the list. Gerrit Cole was ranked the highest, coming in at number eight. Cole was the second best pitcher on the list, with Dylan Bundy ahead of him ranked third overall. Law noted that Cole should be ready for the Pirates rotation after a half year in the minors, mentioning that 2012 was the first year Cole called his own games. He also mentioned that Cole has a plus-plus changeup. A lot of people have been split on the quality of Cole’s changeup, but Law has been consistent that it’s a plus pitch, even when Cole was a junior at UCLA. Jameson Taillon was ranked 20th overall, and was the eighth best pitcher on the list. Law mentioned that Taillon isn’t far behind Cole’s arsenal, but that he doesn’t miss as many bats. He also pointed out that the Pirates have done a lot to clean up Taillon’s delivery. Alen Hanson came in at 34th overall, while fellow West Virginia breakout prospect Gregory Polanco ranked 55th. Law noted that he sees no reason why Hanson can’t stay at short, which is a stance he has held all year. He said Hanson’s bat and speed give him star potential if he stays at short. As for Polanco, Law said that he could be a 25-plus homer guy if everything clicks, with a high average and great center field defense. Finally, Luis Heredia ranked 84th, after just missing MLB.com’s top 100 list. Law said that he doesn’t see ace potential with Heredia, calling him more of a number two or three starter. He called Heredia’s curveball below average. At the end of the 2012 season, Heredia switched from a slower, loopier curve to a harder curve that sat in the low 80s. The switch was aimed at getting more strikeouts and giving Heredia a better pitch to work with. I’m not sure if Law is talking about the old curve — which Heredia seems to be moving away from — or the new curve. If it’s the old one, then the Pirates have already started to move away from the pitch, for a lot of the reasons Law talked about.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Five bubble teams playing well heading into March

Falcons release Steven Jackson

Bill Walton has some words of advice for Derrick Rose

Five under-the-radar National Player of the Year candidates

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: NFL to appeal Adrian Peterson ruling

Dez Bryant's mother in 2012: Dez threatened to knock me out

Full offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

Brandon Bostick received death threats after botched play

Report: Judge rules against Adrian Peterson suspension

Ex-Louisville player charged with rape, sodomy

Are the Kings willing to trade DeMarcus Cousins?

Johan Santana signed by Blue Jays to minor league deal

Leafs trade David Clarkson to Blue Jackets For Nathan Horton

Panthers acquire Jaromir Jagr from Devils

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

HBO picks up The Rock’s football series, ‘Ballers’

The key offseason moves for every MLB team

Giancarlo Stanton gets first-ever customized facemask

Ronda Rousey, Arianny Celeste have verbal sparring match

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The many parallels of Derrick Rose and Penny Hardaway

Ex-homeless Baylor RB admits he broke rules

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Rousey, Arianny Celeste get into it

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The parallels of Rose and Hardaway

Offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

Judge rules against AP's suspension

Why the Lions should let Suh walk

Chris Jones charged with rape, sodomy

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.