Jonathan Mayo from MLB.com recently released his top 10 prospects lists for each position. 4 Pirates’ farmhands made the cut.
When it came to naming the top 10 right handed pitchers, Mayo rated 2010 1st round pick Jameson Taillon #3 and 2011 1st rounder Gerrit Cole #6. Taillon is expected to start off the season for Bradenton in the Florida State League after completing his first full season last year at West Virginia. Cole put up a solid showing in the Arizona Fall League, but has yet to play any regular season ball. Expect him to also start out in Bradenton with Taillon.
The next Pirate to show up on Mayo’s list was Alex Dickerson, who was named the #9 first base prospect in baseball. Dickerson was the Bucs’ 3rd round pick last season and hit pretty well in the NY-Penn League, which should be expected. He’s got a great possibility of moving through the system quickly as a college bat. He will probably start off the year in West Virginia.
Lastly, Starling Marte was named the #7 outfield prospect in baseball following a year where he won the Eastern League batting title. Marte will get his first taste of AAA ball this year and if everything goes well, could see the big league club by the end of the year.
Also on the prospect front, John Sickels from Minor League Ball rated baseball’s farm systems 1-30. the Bucs came in at #12. You may not agree with some of the moves and the way Frank Coonelly and Neal Huntington have put together their Major League roster, but it’s hard to argue that they have done wonders with the system since they have taken over. This is a system that consistently was in the 25-30 range when lists like this came out. It’s not like that anymore.