2014 Pirates Hot List

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The top 10 prospects in the organization as rated by Baseball America (compiled by Bill Brink):

1. Gregory Polanco

Outfielder ■ Age: 22
2013 stats: .285 BA, 12 HRs, 38 SBs.
Skinny: Seen as the answer in right field, Polanco could arrive this summer.

2. Jameson Taillon

Right-handed pitcher ■ Age 22
2013 stats: 5-10 W-L, 3.73 ERA in 1471/3 IP
Skinny: Continued work on the changeup will augment his above-average fastball and curveball.

3. Tyler Glasnow

Right-handed pitcher ■ Age: 20
2013 stats: 9-3 W-L, 2.18 ERA in 1111/3 IP
Skinny: Adding control to a mid-90s fastball will help Glasnow pull everything together.

4. Austin Meadows

Outfielder ■ Age: 18
2013 stats: .316 BA, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs
Skinny: Crushed in first pro experience and will get his first taste of full-season ball this season.

5. Nick Kingham

Right-handed pitcher ■ Age: 22
2013 stats: 9-6 W-L, 2.89 ERA in 1431/3 IP
Skinny: Teams often inquire on the big right-hander from Las Vegas during trade talks.

6. Alen Hanson

Shortstop ■ Age: 21
2013 stats: .274 BA, 8 HRs, 30 SBs
Skinny: The speedy switch-hitter needs more defensive consistency.

7. Josh Bell

Outfielder ■ Age: 21
2013 stats: .279 BA, 13 HRs, 76 RBIs
Skinny: Another year removed from knee surgery, Bell should continue to improve.

8. Reese McGuire

Catcher ■ Age: 19
2013 stats: .323 BA, 11 2B, 21 RBIs
Skinny: A natural catcher with a cannon for an arm.

9. Harold Ramirez

Outfielder ■ Age: 19
2013 stats: .285 BA, 5 HRs, 23 SBs
Skinny: Ramirez has good speed and plenty of upside and will likely start with low-A West Virginia.

10. Luis Heredia

Right-handed pitcher ■ Age: 19
2013 stats: 7-3 W-L, 3.05 ERA in 65 IP
Skinny: Better fitness should let his pure stuff play after weight gain hampered him in 2013.

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