Headlined by 2011 1st overall pick Gerrit Cole, the Pittsburgh Pirates have four prospects who have made Baseball Americas mid-season top 50 prospects rankings.
Gerrit Cole (7-2, 2.86 ERA) Altoona Curve, is no. 6, followed by Jameson Taillon (5-6, 4.05 ERA) Bradenton, at No. 15, Starling Marte (.290 - 9 HR - 50RBI) Indianapolis, at No. 36 and fast rising prospect shortstop Alen Hanson (.323 - 14 HR - 45 RBI) West Virginia Power, at No. 40.
Dylan Bundy who the Pirates gave strong consideration last season with the No. 1 overall pick, in addition to Danny Hultzen, are ranked first and fifth respectively by Baseball America.
1. Dylan Bundy, rhp, Orioles
2. Jurickson Profar, ss, Rangers
3. Wil Myers, of, Royals
4. Taijuan Walker, rhp, Mariners
5. Danny Hultzen, lhp, Mariners