Rival Rankings: Pittsburgh Pirates

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

The Pirates could get a big boost from their farm system in 2017 as they feature three top-of–the-line prospects who could all crack the big league roster at some point in pitcher Tyler Glasnow, outfielder Austin Meadows and first baseman Josh Bell. Glasnow, a 23-year-old right-hander, has struggled with his command at times, but when he is on, his power fastball combined with a big curve and a solid changeup make him valuable piece of the starting rotation. Meadows, 21, is blocked at the big league level, where the Pirates are loaded in the outfield, but he advanced to Triple-A Indianapolis last season and could allow for Pittsburgh to move one of their outfielders to shore up other areas. Bell, 24, can hit for both power and average and appears primed to become Pittsburgh’s first baseman of the future after getting his feet wet in 2016.

2016 DRAFT CLASS

The Pirates selected Will Craig, a third baseman out of Wake Forest with pick #22 in the first round last season. Pittsburgh liked the 22-year-old’s advanced bat and though many believe a move to first base is in his future, there is optomism that he will hit enough o be able to make such a move. The Pirates gambled and lost with their competitive blance pick, selecting high school pitcher Nick Lodolo with pick #41. The left-handed Lodolo turned down their offer of a reported $1.75 million bonus however, and opted to head off to college at TCU instead.

TOP TEN PROSPECTS

1. TYLER GLASNOW (RHP)

2. AUSTIN MEADOWS (OF)

3. JOSH BELL (1B)

4. KEVIN NEWMAN (SS)

5. MITCH KELLER (RHP)

6. KE’BRYAN HAYES (3B)

7. COLE TUCKER (SS)

8. ELIAS DIAZ (C)

9. NICK KINGHAM (RHP)

10. WILL CRAIG (3B)

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