Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10
By Tim Williams
Prior to Ben Cherington's hiring, it was rumored he was primarily interested in a gig where he could rebuild a team from the ground up.
He'll get his wish in Pittsburgh.
After bottoming out at 69-93 in 2019, the Pirates cleaned house, bringing in Cherington to re-chart the future in Pittsburgh. He inherits a system that ranked in the bottom-third at the end of 2019 but is not devoid of interesting pieces.
The top two players -- Mitch Keller and Ke'Bryan Hayes -- are no strangers to the Pirates list, although the order in which they appear has flip-flopped at times. Beyond are a mix of arms with considerable risk and upside, as well as a pair of outfielders with draft pedigree.
Here's how we project their lineup in 2023, with their 2023 age in parentheses.
Catcher: Jacob Stallings (33)
First Base: Josh Bell (30)
Second Base: Kevin Newman (29)
Third Base: Ke'Bryan Hayes (26)
Shortstop: Cole Tucker (26)
Left Field: Bryan Reynolds (28)
Center Field: Travis Swaggerty (25)
Right Field: Oneil Cruz (24)
No. 1 Starter: Jameson Taillon (31)
No. 2 Starter: Mitch Keller (27)
No. 3 Starter: Joe Musgrove (30)
No. 4 Starter: Cody Bolton (25)
No. 5 Starter: Quinn Priester (22)
Closer: Tahnaj Thomas (24)
Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to Pittsburgh's Top 10, click here.
Best Hitter for Average: Ji-Hwan Bae
Best Power Hitter: Oneil Cruz
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Ke'Bryan Hayes
Fastest Baserunner: Jasiah Dixon
Best Athlete: Oneil Cruz
Best Fastball: Tahnaj Thomas
Best Curveball: Mitch Keller
Best Slider: Mitch Keller
Best Changeup: James Marvel
Best Control: Brad Case
Best Defensive Catcher: Christian Kelley
Best Defensive Infielder: Ke'Bryan Hayes
Best Infield Arm: Oneil Cruz
Best Defensive Outfielder: Jared Oliva
Best Outfield Arm: Travis Swaggerty