Kevin Goldstein put out his top 100 prospect list over at BP today. As expected, your Pittsburgh Pirates put up their characteristic ho-hum showing with three appearances - Andrew McCutchen at 24th, Neil Walker barely cracking the list at 94th and a surprise appearance by Steve Pearce at 43rd.
McCutchen's ranking no doubt was hurt by his poor showing at AA and his position fell from last year's ranking of 15th. That's still enough to make it as a 5-star prospect on Goldstein's list but as even he admits, the talent level of prospects is down this year. Personally I think he should start back in AA and hopefully move up to Indy quickly, but management may disagree and start him in AAA.
We all know what Pearce did last year and KG's also noticed, putting him in the company of players such as Josh Vitters, Jose Tabata and Fernando Martinez. Pearce wasn't even on KG's radar last year. We've already heard (and judged the hell out of) management's plan for him this year.
Walker makes the list this year after being on the fringes last year. This may not indicate that he's taken a step forward as much as the talent level has stepped back. Goldstein even admits there's a handful of 3-star talent at the tail end of the list, which I suspect includes our third baseman of the future. My guess is he, like the rest of this trio, will take the field for Indy when the season starts.
Other notable Pirate-centric rankings have former-bucco Brent Lillibridge at 63, almost-bucco Jair Jurrjens at 86 and should've-been-a-bucco Matt Wieters at 12th. If you weren't mad about passing on Wieters before, you should be now.
Cincinnati's Jay Bruce is #1.