By Jason Shetler
On Friday, Baseball America came out with their midseason Top 100 prospect rankings. Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, Josh Bell, Kevin Newman, Mitch Keller and Ke’Bryan Hayes were on the list.
Glasnow to no surprise is in the Top 10 at #6. The Bucs top prospect has made 17 starts for AAA Indianapolis, posting a 1.78 ERA with a batting average against of .176. His 113 strikeouts are the most in the International League. Glasnow made his MLB debut on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Meadows comes in at #10. He missed the beginning of the year after sustaining an orbital fracture in Spring Training. Despite that, Meadows has been solid again this season, as he’s batting .296 along with a .938 OPS in 57 games combined for High A Bradenton and AA Altoona, and had a very impressive 26-game hit streak at one point.
Bell was ranked at #38. The switch-hitting first baseman has played in 83 games for Indianapolis, hitting .324 with an OPS of .942, both of which lead the IL. Bell was just called up to Pittsburgh for the weekend series versus the Chicago Cubs.
Newman just missed the Top 50, coming in at #51. He was the Pirates first round choice a year ago, and has been strong offensively, putting up a .355 average with an .889 OPS in 58 games combined for Bradenton and Altoona.
Keller was next after Newman at #52. The 20-year-old right-hander is having himself a breakout season this year for the West Virginia Power, as he’s posted an ERA of 2.87 in 15 starts. His 0.88 WHIP is tops in the South Atlantic League, while his 91 strikeouts are good for fourth most.
Hayes came in at #72. The son of former Pirate Charlie Hayes was drafted as a first round compensation pick last year. This season, Hayes is batting .271 along with a .729 OPS in 63 games for West Virginia. While the numbers don’t appear to be overly impressive, he’s playing his first full season as a 19-year-old, so he’s at least been able to hold his own.