Kevin Goldstein recently penned his list of the top eleven Pirates prospects and this team definitely has some talent in the pipeline. He does a star rating and the Pirates have four five star prospects. Topping the list is right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole. The team’s first round pick this past year, Cole signed to late to play but he’s described as a typical college power pitcher. Goldstein projects him to start in the Florida State League but with his college experience, he’ll most likely be on the fast track.
Number two is another picher, Jameson Taillon. The team’s first round pick in 2010 he had a solid debut at the Single A level. Next stop is High A but this kid should move up the chain pretty quickly. Luis Heredia is number three but he’s several years away but he had a nice showing as a 17 year old in the Rookie League. Josh Bell (OF) and Starling Marte (OF) round out the top with Marte being the closest to making his major league debut.
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