Baseball America has released its list of the top 10 Pirates prospects. Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows and Josh Bell top the list. Harold Ramirez, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, comes in at No. 5, followed by a series of former first-round draft choices and then Elias Diaz at the end. Alen Hanson isn't on the list, and there's no explanation as to why. (Joh Perrotto is doing a chat later today, and I'm sure he'll get asked that question.) A few tidbits from the scouting reports (which are for subscribers only, but well worth paying for):
-P- BA writes that Glasnow's curveball is great when he can command it, but that command of the pitch is an issue. His changeup has gotten better, but still is a bit below average. He also needs to work on holding runners. BA still thinks, though, that Glasnow's curveball and outstanding fastball make him a potential ace.
-P- In July, Bell added a leg kick to his swing. He finished the season quite well at Indianapolis, so I wonder how much of an effect that had.
-P- BA notes that Reese McGuire's defense is already ready for the big leagues. Obviously, though, he has a lot of work to do on his hitting.
-P- Kevin Newman's mom was, apparently, a professional skier, and several other members of his family were competitive tennis players. The scouting reports have sections on each player's background, and many of them have family members who were also apparently top athletes. That's no surprise, I guess, and we already knew that, for example, Ke'Bryan Hayes' father was a pretty good athlete. But it's interesting to see that, for example, Glasnow's mother was a gymnastics coach and his dad and brother were both decathletes.
-P- BA lists McGuire as the best defensive catcher in the Pirates' system, Gift Ngoepe its best defensive infielder, and Keon Broxton its best defensive outfielder.