Three Pirates Prospects on Baseball America’s Midseason Top 100

By Jason Shetler

On Friday, Baseball America released their midseason edition of the Top 100 prospects. Mitch Keller, Austin Meadows and Kevin Newman remain on the list. 

Keller entered the year ranked #15, dropping only three spots to #18. The 21-year-old right-hander continues to put up impressive numbers, posting a 2.57 ERA, along with a WHIP of 0.86 and a .191 batting average against in ten starts for the Bradenton Marauders. Keller was recently activated from the disabled list because of lower back stiffness.

Meadows had been ranked in the Top 5 at #4, prior to this season, but he has dropped down to #22. It’s been an up and down 2017 for Meadows so far. He started off very slow, with a .503 OPS in April. The month of May was much better for him, as he put up an OPS of .804, but then struggled in June, with a .658 OPS. Meadows is currently on the DL with a hamstring injury. 

Newman’s ranking saw a significant drop, going from #50 in the preseason to #88 currently. The 2015 first rounder was off to a good start, as he posted a .340 on base percentage in April. He really struggled in May, putting up a very meager .234 OBP. Newman however has bounced back strong, combining for an OBP of .402 in June and July.









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