We wrap up our four-part series looking at the top prospects throughout the National League Central Division today by checking out the Pittsburgh Pirates top ten list.
The Pirates finished 2015 with a record of 98-94, finishing in second place in the NL Central behind a young nucleus led by Andrew McCutcheon, Starling Marte and Gerrit Cole and look to be the top challengers to the Cubs over the next several seasons.
1. Tyler Glasnow (RHP) – MLB Pipeline’s 10th rated prospect, Glasnow was a fifth round pick out of high school in 2011. In 22 starts last season, he went 7-5 with a 2.39 earned run average.
2. Austin Meadows (OF) – The ninth overall selection in the 2013 draft, Meadows appeared n 121 games last season for High-A Bradenton, hitting .307 with seven home runs.
3. Josh Bell (1B) – The 23-year-old Texan split 2015 between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, hitting a combined .317 with seven homers.
4. Jameson Taillon (RHP) – The second overall pick in the first round of the 2010 draft, Taillon has not pitched since 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014.
5. Alen Hanson (2B) – Signed by the Pirates out of the Dominican Republic, Hanson spent 2015 at Triple-A Indianapolis, hitting .263 in 117 games.
6. Harold Ramirez (OF) – The 21-year-old Columbian Ramirez appeared in 80 games for High-A Bradenton last season, batting .337 with four home runs.
7. Reese McGuire (C) – The Pirates second first round pick in 2013, McGuire hit .254 with 15 doubles in 98 games for Bradenton last season.
8. Nick Kingham (RHP) – A fourth round pick in 2010, Kingham made just six starts at Triple-A Indianapolis before suffering an injury that required Tommy John surgery last May.
9. Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B) – The son of former Brewers third baseman Charlie Hayes, Ke’Bryan was drafted in the first round by the Pirates in 2015 and hit .308 in 56 games after signing.
10. Kevin Newman (SS) – Selected thirteen spots ahead of Hayes at number 19 overall last season, Newman hit .257 in 61 games between two levels last season.