2018 Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

Pirates Top 10 Prospects
1. Mitch Keller, RHP
2. Austin Meadows, OF
3. Shane Baz, RHP
4. Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B
5. Kevin Newman, SS
6. Cole Tucker, SS
7. Luis Escobar, RHP
8. Nick Kingham, RHP
9. Taylor Hearn, LHP
10. LoLo Sanchez, OF

GOT QUESTIONS? Pirates Top 10 Chat


For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: 1B Josh Bell (4) hit for big-time power, while RHPs Trevor Williams (14) and Tyler Glasnow (3) and LHP Steven Brault (7) all made starts.

Trending: 🔻Graduations and down years hurt stock.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: With Ke'Bryan HayesCole TuckerKevin Newman and Kevin Kramer, the Pirates have a large number of potential big league infielders at high Class A and above. With the exception of Hayes, none are seen as more than solid regulars, but the Pirates have gotten good production out of Josh HarrisonJordy Mercer and Adam Frazier, all of whom carried similar expectations when they were in the minors.

Weaknesses: The Pirates' starting pitching depth is at its thinnest level in years thanks to the graduations of Tyler GlasnowChad KuhlJameson Taillon and Trevor Williams in the past two years as well as the struggles from some young arms. Mitch Keller is one of the best pitching prospects in the game, but after him, the next wave of pitching prospects, such as 2017 first-rounder Shane Baz, spent the season in Rookie ball.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Kevin Newman.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Jordan Luplow.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Austin Meadows.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Cole Tucker.
🔸Best Athlete: Austin Meadows.
🔸Best Fastball: Mitch Keller.
🔸Best Curveball: Mitch Keller.
🔸Best Slider: Edgar Santana.
🔸Best Changeup: Brandon Waddell.
🔸Best Control: Mitch Keller. 
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Christian Kelley.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Ke'Bryan Hayes.
🔸Best INF Arm: O'Neil Cruz.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Casey Hughston.  
🔸Best OF ArmJordan Luplow.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Elias Diaz (30)
🔸1B Josh Bell (28)
🔸2B Cole Tucker (24)
🔸3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (24)
🔸SS Kevin Newman (27)
🔸LF Austin Meadows (26)
🔸CF Starling Marte (32)
🔸RF Gregory Polanco (29)
🔸SP Jameson Taillon (29)
🔸SP Mitch Keller (25)
🔸SP Tyler Glasnow (27)
🔸SP Trevor Williams (29)
🔸SP Chad Kuhl (28)
🔸CL Felipe Rivero (29)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: OF Andrew McCutchen (Pirates ) | WAR: 40.0
🔸2009: 3B Pedro Alvarez (Orioles) | WAR: 6.0
🔸2010: 3B Pedro Alvarez (Orioles) | WAR: **
🔸2011: RHP Jameson Taillon (Pirates) | WAR: 3.6
🔸2012: RHP Gerrit Cole (Pirates) | WAR: 12.2
🔸2013: RHP Gerrit Cole (Pirates) | WAR: **
🔸2014: OF Gregory Polanco (Pirates) | WAR: 4.2
🔸2015: RHP Tyler Glasnow (Pirates) | WAR: -1.4
🔸2016: RHP Tyler Glasnow (Pirates) | WAR: **
🔸2017: OF Austin Meadows (Pirates) | WAR: Top 10

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: 3B Pedro Alvarez (Orioles) | WAR: 6.0
🔸2009:Tony Sanchez (Braves) | WAR: 0.4
🔸2010: RHP Jameson Taillon (Pirates) | WAR: 3.6
🔸2011: RHP Gerrit Cole (Pirates) | WAR: 12.2
🔸2012: RHP Mark Appel (Did Not Sign/Phillies) | WAR: N/A
🔸2013: OF Austin Meadows (Pirates) | Top 10
🔸2014: SS Cole Tucker (Pirates ) | Top 10
🔸2015: SS Kevin Newman (Pirates) | Top 10
🔸2016: 3B Will Craig (Pirates) | WAR: N/A
🔸2017: RHP Shane Baz (Pirates) | Top 10

 


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