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Pittsburgh Pirates Land Five Prospects on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100

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With the MLB draft and the trade deadline in the rearview mirror, MLB Pipeline updated their Top 30 Prospects Lists for all 30 teams, as well as their Top 100 in the league.

The Pirates featured five prospects on the Top 100 list, tied for the third most of any team in baseball. The Marlins have the most with seven, and the Royals are second with six. The Orioles, Rangers and Rays all each have five a piece.

Credit goes to Pirates GM Ben Cherington and his staff for the work they’ve done since arriving to instill this amount of talent into the organization in a fairly short amount of time.

Here is a breakdown of the five prospects in the Top 100 for the Pirates:

Henry Davis, C

  • Rank: 32
  • Current Level: High-A Greensboro
  • ETA: 2024
  • How acquired: First round selection in the 2021 MLB Draft (1st overall)

Quinn Priester, RHP

  • Rank: 53
  • Current Level: High-A Greensboro
  • ETA: 2023
  • How acquired: First round selection in the 2019 MLB Draft (18th overall)

Oneil Cruz, SS

  • Rank: 57
  • Current Level: Double-A Altoona
  • ETA: 2022
  • How acquired: From Dodgers via trade for Tony Watson

Nick Gonzales, 2B

  • Rank: 68
  • Current Level: High-A Greensboro
  • ETA: 2022
  • How acquired: First round selection in the 2020 MLB Draft (7th overall)

Liover Peguero, SS

  • Rank: 94
  • Current Level: High-A Greensboro
  • ETA: 2023
  • How acquired: From Dbacks via trade for Starling Marte

Four of the five prospects are currently at High-A, and all five are projected to reach the major leagues at similar times. Since taking over as Pirates’ general manager, Cherington has seemed to put an emphasis on up the middle players, and that is evident in the Pirates top prospects.

Of the Pirates’ Top 30, Cherington has acquired 19 of them, and he is responsible for eight of the Bucs’ Top 10.

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