By Jason Shetler
John Sickels of minorleagueball.com has released his Top 75 prospects list for the end of the season. Six prospects represent the Pirates on the list, with Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow, Alen Hanson and Reese McGuire.
Taillon is ranked 12th (17th in preseason), and is the 4th best pitcher behind the Mariners Taijuan Walker, the Diamondbacks Archie Bradley and the Mets Noah Syndergaard.
Polanco is ranked 21st (50th in preseason), and is a Top 5 prospect in terms of outfielders. Despite hitting 12 homers in 470 at-bats this season, Sickels thinks Polanco will show more power eventually.
Meadows received a very high ranking at number 29. The 14th overall selection in this year’s draft, completely tore it up in the Gulf Coast League, by hitting .294 and posting a .918 OPS.
Glasnow ranks 39th on the list, after being unranked in the preseason. The 2013 Minor League strikeout leader showed “strong stuff” according to Sickels, but mentioned his command issues, which is probably why he wasn’t ranked higher on the list.
Hanson just missed the Top 50, coming in at number 51 (49th in preseason). After a breakout season in 2012, Hanson’s numbers weren’t as strong this year, especially with Altoona. He continued to struggle defensively, which seems to hurt his stock as far as being an elite prospect.
McGuire appears on the list ranked 61st. The Pirates other first round pick this year, is considered the third best catcher by Sickels, behind the Mets Travis d’Arnaud and the Padres Austin Hedges.
Sickels also listed several honorable mentions, which included Nick Kingham. Kingham is currently the Pirates third best pitching prospect behind Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow.