2012 Pittsburgh Pirates Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
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2012 Pittsburgh Pirates Top 15 Prospect Rankings

Every year at this time I like to rank each team’s top prospects. My criteria is based upon both past performance and future potential to his parent team. This is my ranking of the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates Top Prospects. If you have any questions about my rankings, feel free to shoot me a message on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify, a prospect must have fewer than 130 at-bats or 50 innings in MLB

#1 Jameson Taillon RHP
Born: 11/18/1991
Highest Level Reached: Low-A West Virginia Power
2011 Combined Stats: 2-3, 3.98ERA, 92.2IP, 22BB, 97K, .249BAA

#2 Gerrit Cole RHP
Born: 9/8/1990
Highest Level Reached: 1st Overall Pick 2011 MLB Draft
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In 2011

#3 Josh Bell OF
Born: 8/8/1992
Highest Level Reached: 2nd Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In 2011

#4 Starling Marte OF
Born: 10/9/1988
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Altoona Curve
2011 Combined Stats: .332, 38(2B), 8(3B), 12HR, 50RBI, 24SB

#5 Luis Heredia RHP
Born: 8/10/1994
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League GCL Pirates
2011 Combined Stats: 1-2, 4.75ERA, 30.1IP, 19BB, 23K, .257BAA

#6 Alex Dickerson 1B
Born: 5/26/1990
Highest Level Reached: Short-A State College Spikes
2011 Combined Stats: .313, 16(2B), 1(3B), 3HR, 19RBI (3rd Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

#7 Tony Sanchez C
Born: 5/20/1988
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Altoona Curve
2011 Combined Stats: .241, 14(2B), 1(3B), 5HR, 44RBI

#8 Rudy Owens LHP
Born: 12/18/1987
Highest Level Reached: Triple-A Indianapolis Indians
2011 Combined Stats: 9-7, 5.05ERA, 112.1IP, 32BB, 71K, .289BAA

#9 Bryan Morris RHP
Born: 3/28/1987
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Altoona Curve
2011 Combined Stats: 3-4, 3.35ERA, 3 Saves, 78IP, 33BB, 64K, .252BAA

#10 Kyle McPherson RHP
Born: 11/11/1987
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Altoona Curve
2011 Combined Stats: 12-6, 2.96ERA, 161IP, 27BB, 142K, .226BAA

#11 Clay Holmes RHP
Born: 3/27/1993
Highest Level Reached: 9th Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In 2011

#12 Nick Kingham RHP
Born: 11/8/1991
Highest Level Reached: Short-A State College Spikes
2011 Combined Stats: 6-2, 2.15ERA, 71IP, 15BB, 47K, .238BAA

#13 Stetson Allie RHP
Born: 3/13/1991
Highest Level Reached: Low-A State College Spikes
2011 Combined Stats: 0-2, 6.58ERA, 26IP, 29BB, 28K, .208BAA

#14 Jose Osuna 1B
Born: 12/12/1992
Highest Level Reached: Short-A State College Spikes
2011 Combined Stats: .328, 15(2B), 3(3B), 4HR, 33RBI

#15 Zack Von Rosenberg RHP
Born: 9/24/1990
Highest Level Reached: Low-A West Virginia Power
2011 Combined Stats: 5-9, 5.73ERA, 125.2IP, 23BB, 114K, .290BAA

Disclaimer – I did not attend any minor league games this year, nor do I claim to have any scouting experience. These lists are the product of my own research of statistics and online scouting reports.

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