Mark Appel signing last summer could have had huge impact on Pirates this year at trade deadline


Keith Law released his updated top-50 prospects and three Pirates made the list: SP Jameson Taillon, No. 13 OF Gregory Polanco, No. 17 SS Alen Hanson, No. 36 Taillon is 3-7 with a 3.75 ERA in 17 starts for the Altoona Curve. Taillon is up seven spots from his preseason ranking but Law continues to point out the lack of life on Taillon’s fastball and that he can be too easy to hit. Gregory Polanco continues to emerge as one of the top prospects in the game. Polanco has moved from No. 55 in Law’s preseason ranking to now No. 17. There’s some scouts out there who feel Polanco is the Pirates top prospect. Law calls Polanco a high probability hitter. Law also mentions that Polanco’s batting practice before Sunday’s Futures Game was one of the best of any hitter, showing more power than scouts had seen from him before.Read More »

Prospect Buzz: Gregory Polanco ranked 22nd best prospect in baseball by Keith Law; Is Taillon gaining on Cole?


PIRATES PROSPECTS BUZZ Keith Law released his newly updated top-25 prospects list and as expected, Gerrit Cole (No. 12) and Jameson Taillon (No. 14) remain in the top-25 but the biggest surprise is outfielder Gregory Polanco (No. 22) ranking No. 22, a jump of 33 spots from Law’s preseason ranking of Polanco at No. 55. Polanco, 21, is hitting .310 with 6 home runs, 27 RBIs, 14 doubles and 19 stolen bases for the Bradenton Marauders. Law mentions that while some scouts question whether Polanco will stay at center field, Law speaks highly of Polanco’s offensively ability and feels he can very good in a corner outfield spot or a star if he stays at center because of his hitting ability.