By Jason Shetler
Baseball America has released their rankings of the Top 100 prospects. The Pirates had four prospects make the list, which was one less than MLB.com had on their Top 100.
Tyler Glasnow was of course the highest ranked Pirates prospect on Baseball America’s list. Unlike MLB.com however, he didn’t make BA’s Top 10, as he was ranked #14. Glasnow will begin 2016 with AAA Indianapolis, and is expected join the Pirates at some point this season.
Austin Meadows ranking from BA was at #22, only two spots lower than from MLB.com, so he was pretty much ranked the same by both publications. Meadows is slated to begin this season with AA Altoona.
Josh Bell was ranked higher by BA at #38 than he was from MLB.com at #49. This would seem to indicate that BA isn’t too concerned about his defense at first base, and that his offensive skill set should make him an impact player moving forward. Bell will be called up to Pittsburgh at some time this year.
Harold Ramirez was able to sneak his way into BA’s rankings, coming in at #95. He wasn’t listed on MLB.com’s Top 100, but Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com mentioned him as a prospect who just missed the list. Ramirez will be with Altoona to begin 2016.
Jameson Taillon and Reese McGuire made MLB.com’s rankings, but neither were mentioned on BA’s Top 100. Clearly, the injuries to Taillon played a factor in not making BA’s list, but MLB.com, who had him ranked #54, appears to still think highly of his prospect ceiling, despite the setbacks. McGuire is a strong defensive catcher, however his offense is currently a work in progress. It doesn’t seem outlandish that McGuire didn’t make the BA rankings. After all, he barely made MLB.com’s Top 100 list at #98.