Pittsburgh Pirates Top Prospects Prospect Rankings Team Top 10 Prospects 2015 By mlbtopprospects Pittsburgh Pirates Top Prospects Below are the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates Top Prospects. Get Full Scouting Reports on all of the Pittsburgh Pirates Top Prospects with the Prospect Handbook available through Amazon View the Pirates Farm System Report: Pittsburgh Pirates View Pirates Top Prospect Cards: HERE Opening Day payrolls (Major League contracts plus signing bonuses): 2014: $ 71,929,333 2013: $ 66,805,000 2012: $ 51,932,333 A Look Back… Last 5 Years Draft Picks Year Name/Position School/Hometown Pick# 2014 Cole Tucker/SS Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix 24 2013 Austin Meadows/CF Grayson High School, Loganville, Ga. 9 2013 Reese McGuire/C Kentwood High School, Covington, Wash. 14 2012 Mark Appel/RHP Stanford 8 2011 Gerrit Cole/RHP UCLA 1 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates Top Prospects Rank/Overall Name Position 1/16 Tyler Glasnow RHP Tyler Glasnow Autograph Top Position Prospect : RHP Standing in a 6’8″, Glasnow is a physically imposing pitcher who at 19 years old is set to be challenged at Double-A next year. What’s holding him back is his command, which is something to be expected from such a tall pitcher. Repeat delivery = his fast track to the bigs. 2/28 Jameson Taillon RHP Jameson Taillon Autograph Another imposing pitcher at 6’ 6” he should join the Pirates starting pitching rotation, returning from Tommy John surgery. He was poised to bring his mid-90’s fastball and plus curve, reported to be his best pitch, to the big leagues in 2014 before being derail by a torn UCL. After surgery in April of 2014 the Pirates are hoping to bring him along slowly, hopefully seeing him by the end of summer 2015. Taillon has the upside of a number one or two pitcher in the major leagues. 3/29 Josh Bell 1B/OF Josh Bell Autograph Top Position Prospect : OF Slowed by injury in the past few years Bell is starting to show signs of why the Pirates signed him in the 2nd round and giving him a $5 million signing bonus, largest bonus ever given to a 2nd round pick. He has a smooth swing and large body which should help him develop his power stroke as he matures. The Pirates are playing him at first base in AA Altoona because he grades as a below average outfielder and his path is blocked in the OF in Pittsburgh. 4/45 Austin Meadows OF Austin Meadows Autograph Top Position Prospect : OF A 2013 first round draft pick that was been slowed by injury has really started to show why he was drafted 9th in the first round. An excellent all around hitter, with speed and projected power, he could play center or left field. Working his way up to Low Class A in 2014, the Pirates will not have to rush Meadows to the big leagues. 5/58 Nick Kingham RHP Nick Kingham Autograph Signed in the 4th round of the 2010 draft he has worked his way up to AA A in 2014. He is a strike thrower who sits in the low 90’s with his fastball is developing a very good curveball. Close to major league ready and profiles as a bottom of the rotation guy with number four pote 6/74 Reese McGuire C Reese McGuire Autograph Top Position Prospect : C A catcher signed in the second round of the 2013 draft, he is known for his defense abilities and game calling. These advanced abilities could get McGuire on the fast track to the minor leagues with an estimated arrival date in 2017. Mostly a contact hitter there is some projection for some 10+ home run seasons. 7/82 Alen Hanson SS Alen Hanson Autograph Top Position Prospect : SS An international signee Hanson has been slow to develop. There is no question about his raw talent and athleticism but he has yet to put his tools together and be the prospect the Pirates envision when he was assigned. His eleven homeruns, twelve doubles and twenty-five stolen bases at AA Altoona last year give us a glimpse of what he might do some day. He should start this year in AAA and his future is in the middle of the infield as early as 2016. 8 Harold Ramirez OF Harold Ramirez Autograph An international signing out of Columbia, his calling cards are his speed and defense. He is an athletic, above average, defensive center fielder, with a line drive stroke that does not generate much power. Moving slowly, he will not reach the major leagues until 2017 at the earliest. 9 Cole Tucker SS Cole Tucker Autograph A young 1st round draft pick out of high school Tucker is known for his defense at the short stop position. Mostly a contact hitter from both sides of the plate he could develop into a 10+ home run hitter with age. The Pirates will move him slowly through the minors. 10 Mitch Keller RHP Mitch Keller Autograph A 2nd round draft pick in 2014 Keller’s top pitch is his mid-90’s fastball. He will need to develop his secondary pitch as he advances through the minors. He projects to be a top of the line starter but there are many years left in the minors before we see Keller in Pittsburgh.