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Pirates don’t exactly clean up in prospect rankings

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MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Pittsburgh Pirates Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Prospect rankings are showing up and the Pirates haven’t had a terribly impressive showing. Baseball America released its top 100 and had only two Pirates: Mitch Keller at #12 and Austin Meadows at #44. This reflects, among other things, the failure of the team’s international scouting and the underwhelming results from the 2015 and 2016 drafts, with the latter looking flat out terrible. I’m a little surprised that Shane Baz didn’t make the list, as everything I’ve seen indicates that scouts really like him.

The Pirates did a bit better with Keith Law, who’s released the bottom half of his top 100. It has Baz at 65 and Meadows at 70. The quirky one, though, is Ke’Bryan Hayes at 61. Everybody pretty much loves everything about Hayes’ game except, of course, that the power hasn’t developed so far. If it does, he’ll probably move up quite a bit. Anyway, Keller figures to be the only Pirate in Law’s top 50.