With the recent release of the MLB.com top 100 prospects list by Jonathan Mayo, the Pirates placed four players in the Top 100, including two in the top-11. Jameson Taillon was the first Pirate prospect on the list at number eight, while last year's No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole came in at 11. Outfielder Starling Marte came in ranked No. 40 on the list and fellow outfielder Josh Bell rounded out the Pirates in the Top 100 at No. 69.
In Mayo's analysis the Pirates ranked No. 2 in his point system with 290 points—only second to the Mariners who placed five in the Top 100 with a total score of 329 points. The grading scale was based on getting 100 points for the No. 1 prospect, 99 for No. 2 and so on.
Minorleagueball.com's John Sickels also showed some respect to the Pirates farm system ranking them 12th in baseball and included the following in his small description:
"Heavy draft investments slowly-but-steadily raising the talent level in this system."
The Pirates have a very bright future, with more than Jameson Taillon destined for stardom. The following slides highlights the players that may be gracing the field at PNC Park and providing moments that fellow homegrown talents Neil Walker, Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez already provide the fans in Pittsburgh.