Four Pirates have made Baseball America’s list of the International League’s top prospects: Tyler Glasnow is at No. 5, followed by Austin Meadows at No. 7, Jameson Taillon at No. 8 and Josh Bell at No. 10.
That’s heady territory for all four players — the only four guys ahead of Glasnow are Trea Turner, Byron Buxton, Gary Sanchez and J.P. Crawford. We noted recently that the Pirates didn’t fare well in BA’s writeups on some of the lower levels, but the crop of talent that’s about to arrive (or has already arrived) is outstanding. Personally, I’d probably put Meadows ahead of Glasnow at this point, since Glasnow’s control could prove to be a problem for the next year or two.
Either way, though, Glasnow and Meadows provide the Pirates with a ton of upside, and Taillon and Bell are already productive big-league players. This year’s Indianapolis roster also included a number of other helpful, or potentially helpful, players who didn’t make the list, including Chad Kuhl, Steven Brault, Trevor Williams, Frank Duncan, Adam Frazier, Alen Hanson and Max Moroff.