Comparing Pirates Prospects to MLB Players

By Jason Shetler

Yesterday, FanGraphs came out with their yearly ZIPS projections, which compares players to others current or former. Just for fun, I’m going to compare some of the Pirates prospects to current MLB players.

Jameson Taillon – 6’6 right-hander with a mid-upper 90’s fastball and a plus curveball. MLB comparison: Josh Johnson

Gregory Polanco – 6’4 left-handed bat with promising power potential and some speed. MLB comparison: Domonic Brown

Alen Hanson – 5’11 speedy infielder with good gap power and below average defense. MLB comparison: Emilio Bonifacio

Tyler Glasnow – 6’7 right-hander with tons of movement on his fastball and a good curveball. MLB comparison: Jered Weaver but with better velocity.

Nick Kingham – 6’5 right-hander with a low-mid 90’s fastball, above average curve, decent changeup, and the ability to strike batters out. MLB comparison: Josh Beckett

Luis Heredia – 6’6 right-hander with a low-90’s fastball, along with a potentially good curveball and changeup. MLB comparison: Gavin Floyd

Josh Bell – Switch-hitting outfielder with power from both sides of the plate. MLB comparison: Carlos Beltran

Austin Meadows – 6’2 left-handed hitting center fielder with good power potential. MLB comparison: Colby Rasmus

Reese McGuire – Left-handed hitting catcher with the skill set to be a solid all-around backstop. MLB comparison: Miguel Montero

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