Jonathan Mayo over at MLB Pipeline posted a state of the farm system article, looking at the Pittsburgh Pirates. The article looks at the system rankings from the last update, the top 30 prospects, the top impact prospect in 2021, the future top prospect in the system and the key additions to the system over the last year. I believe that Pipeline will have an update top 30 over the off-season, so this isn’t a new top 30, just a reminder of the status of the system after the draft. They currently have Nick Gonzales as the top prospect, though that was before Ke’Bryan Hayes had an outstanding debut in the majors, so it’s possible that their ranking will change.
Along with some prospects videos, there’s also a best tools section for hitters and pitchers, as well as a breakdown of how the Pirates acquired the players on their top 30 prospects list. Finally, you have the breakdown of the top 30 by position, with Mayo noting that there are no legit left-handed pitching prospects or catching prospects in the system right now. That’s something that we have mentioned here numerous times over the last two years, and nothing has changed in that area in quite some time. More in the link above.
MLB.com (Adam Berry) also has a Ke’Bryan Hayes article up, calling him a front runner for the 2021 NL Rookie of the Year award. Tim Williams has had features here on Ke’Bryan Hayes in the last two days, along with another article on him coming up tomorrow morning, so this article goes well with the recent them here.
In case you missed it, Oneil Cruz has a nice debut in the Dominican league preseason
Oneil Cruz went 2-for-2 with a double and a home run in his first preseason game in the Dominican today #Pirates
— John Dreker (@JohnDreker) November 9, 2020