Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Mid-Season Top 5 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413

As we are now halfway into the season and the signing deadline for 2012 draft picks has passed, here is my revised list of top 5 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

Remember, a prospect must have fewer than 130 ABs or 50 IP in the Major Leagues to qualify.
(Stats through 7/30/2012)

1) Gerrit Cole – P
Highest Level: AA Altoona Curve
2012 Stats:
MILB: 7-5, 3.00ERA, 99IP, 29BB, 101K, .235BAA

2) Jameson Taillon – P
Highest Level: High-A Bradenton Marauders
2012 Stats:
MILB: 5-7, 4.09ERA, 110IP, 34BB, 88K, .231BAA

3) Alen Hanson – 2B
Highest Level: Low-A West Virginia Power
2012 Stats:
MILB: .311, 28(2B), 11(3B), 15HR, 53RBI, 28SB

4) Starling Marte – OF
Highest Level: MLB Pittsburgh Pirates
2012 Stats:
MLB: .250, 2HR, 4RBI
MILB: .286, 21(2B), 13(3B), 12HR, 62RBI, 21SB

5) Josh Bell – OF
Highest Level: Low-A West Virginia Power
2012 Stats:
MILB: .274, 5(2B), 1HR, 11RBI

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