Baseball America Ranks Bucs’ System No. 7

Baseball America’s 2015 edition of the Prospect Handbook has ranked the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system as the seventh-best in baseball in the  publication’s annual “Talent Rankings.” The Pirates have now boasted a top-10 system in three consecutive seasons, highlighted by honors as the No. 1 overall chain prior to the 2014 season.

Per Baseball America:

“Productive drafts and Latin American signings have helped the Pirates cultivate one of the game’s most balanced farm systems. The organization has a quality blend of pitching and position prospects at all levels, which should help them maintain another high ranking as they continue to graduate players to Pittsburgh.”

The Indianapolis Indians, alone, may feature a handful of the aforementioned “top prospects” during the 2015 campaign, ranging from the highly-touted hurlers Jameson Taillon and Nick Kingham, to the organization’s top position players, infielders Josh Bell and Alen Hanson.

The following is a list of Pittsburgh farmhands who are ranked among the organization’s top 30 prospects and have either:
1. Previously suited up with the Tribe during their respective careers
2. Have a solid chance of reaching the Triple-A level in 2015:

(Listed by ranking in Baseball America; Tables provided by Baseball-Reference.com)


No. 2 — Jameson Taillon, RHP

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L ERA G GS SV IP SO
2011 19 West Virginia SALL A PIT 2 3 3.98 23 23 0 92.2 97
2012 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA PIT 9 8 3.55 26 26 0 142.0 116
2012 20 Bradenton FLOR A+ PIT 6 8 3.82 23 23 0 125.0 98
2012 20 Altoona EL AA PIT 3 0 1.59 3 3 0 17.0 18
2013 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA PIT 5 10 3.73 26 25 0 147.1 143
2013 21 Altoona EL AA PIT 4 7 3.67 20 19 0 110.1 106
2013 21 Indianapolis IL AAA PIT 1 3 3.89 6 6 0 37.0 37
3 Seasons 16 21 3.72 75 74 0 382.0 356

No. 4 — Josh Bell, 1B

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G 2B 3B HR RBI SB BA
2012 19 West Virginia SALL A PIT 15 5 0 1 11 1 .274
2013 20 West Virginia SALL A PIT 119 37 2 13 76 1 .279
2014 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA PIT 108 22 4 9 60 9 .325
2014 21 Bradenton FLOR A+ PIT 84 20 4 9 53 5 .335
2014 21 Altoona EL AA PIT 24 2 0 0 7 4 .287
3 Seasons 242 64 6 23 147 11 .299

No. 6 — Nick Kingham, RHP

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L ERA G GS SV IP SO
2010 18 Pirates GULF Rk PIT 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 3.0 2
2011 19 State College NYPL A- PIT 6 2 2.15 15 15 0 71.0 47
2012 20 West Virginia SALL A PIT 6 8 4.39 27 27 0 127.0 117
2013 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-A+ PIT 9 6 2.89 27 25 0 143.1 144
2013 21 Bradenton FLOR A+ PIT 6 3 3.09 13 13 0 70.0 75
2013 21 Altoona EL AA PIT 3 3 2.70 14 12 0 73.1 69
2014 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA PIT 6 11 3.34 26 26 0 159.0 119
2014 22 Altoona EL AA PIT 1 7 3.04 12 12 0 71.0 54
2014 22 Indianapolis IL AAA PIT 5 4 3.58 14 14 0 88.0 65
5 Seasons 27 27 3.29 97 93 0 503.1 429

No. 7 — Alen Hanson, INF

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G 2B 3B HR RBI SB BA
2010 17 Pirates DOSL FRk PIT 68 10 7 2 28 20 .324
2011 18 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A- PIT 55 13 7 2 35 24 .260
2011 18 Pirates GULF Rk PIT 52 13 7 2 35 24 .263
2011 18 State College NYPL A- PIT 3 0 0 0 0 0 .200
2012 19 West Virginia SALL A PIT 124 33 13 16 62 35 .309
2013 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA PIT 127 27 13 8 58 30 .274
2013 20 Bradenton FLOR A+ PIT 92 23 8 7 48 24 .281
2013 20 Altoona EL AA PIT 35 4 5 1 10 6 .255
2014 21 Altoona EL AA PIT 118 21 12 11 58 25 .280
5 Seasons 492 104 52 39 241 134 .289

No. 11 — Elias Diaz, C

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G 2B 3B HR RBI SB BA
2009 18 Pirates VESL FRk PIT 64 13 2 5 36 3 .272
2010 19 Pirates GULF Rk PIT 41 5 1 2 20 0 .218
2011 20 West Virginia SALL A PIT 90 23 3 2 45 6 .221
2012 21 West Virginia SALL A PIT 92 14 1 3 26 2 .208
2013 22 Bradenton FLOR A+ PIT 57 12 2 2 15 4 .279
2014 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA PIT 101 21 0 6 54 3 .312
2014 23 Altoona EL AA PIT 91 20 0 6 54 3 .328
2014 23 Indianapolis IL AAA PIT 10 1 0 0 0 0 .152
6 Seasons 445 88 9 20 196 18 .253

No. 12 — Willy Garcia, OF

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G 2B 3B HR RBI SB BA
2010 17 Pirates DOSL FRk PIT 51 11 0 1 22 8 .250
2011 18 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A- PIT 50 9 4 5 35 7 .266
2011 18 Pirates GULF Rk PIT 47 9 4 5 35 7 .266
2011 18 State College NYPL A- PIT 3 0 0 0 0 0 .286
2012 19 West Virginia SALL A PIT 122 17 2 18 77 10 .240
2013 20 Bradenton FLOR A+ PIT 118 21 6 16 60 13 .256
2014 21 Altoona EL AA PIT 126 27 5 18 63 8 .271
5 Seasons 467 85 17 58 257 46 .256

No. 15 — Adrian Sampson, RHP

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L ERA G GS SV IP SO
2012 20 State College NYPL A- PIT 0 1 2.95 11 9 0 42.2 44
2013 21 Bradenton FLOR A+ PIT 5 8 5.14 25 24 0 140.0 85
2014 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA PIT 11 6 2.96 28 28 0 167.0 109
2014 22 Altoona EL AA PIT 10 5 2.55 24 24 0 148.0 99
2014 22 Indianapolis IL AAA PIT 1 1 6.16 4 4 0 19.0 10
3 Seasons 16 15 3.84 64 61 0 349.2 238

No. 16 — John Holdzkom, RHP

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L ERA G GS SV IP SO
2006 18 Mets GULF Rk NYM 2 5 7.71 16 2 3 23.1 23
2007 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk NYM 1 1 4.91 7 0 0 11.0 10
2007 19 Mets GULF Rk NYM 0 1 6.00 4 0 0 6.0 4
2007 19 Kingsport APPY Rk NYM 1 0 3.60 3 0 0 5.0 6
2008 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-Rk NYM 5 4 4.88 28 12 0 86.2 100
2008 20 Kingsport APPY Rk NYM 3 1 3.66 8 7 0 39.1 44
2008 20 Savannah SALL A NYM 2 3 5.89 20 5 0 47.1 56
2010 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk NYM 0 0 9.00 6 0 0 5.0 10
2010 22 Kingsport APPY Rk NYM 0 0 11.25 5 0 0 4.0 8
2010 22 Mets GULF Rk NYM 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 2
2012 24 Bakersfield CALL A+ CIN 0 1 5.19 6 1 0 8.2 10
2013 25 2 Teams 1 Lg Ind 3 4 2.89 42 0 2 43.2 52
2013 25 Amarillo AA Ind 2 3 3.50 34 0 2 36.0 37
2013 25 Amarillo, Sioux City AA Ind 3 4 2.89 42 0 2 43.2 52
2013 25 Sioux City AA Ind 1 1 0.00 8 0 0 7.2 15
2014 26 4 Teams 4 Lgs AAA-Ind-AA PIT 3 0 1.73 32 0 2 36.1 46
2014 26 Amarillo AA Ind 0 0 1.17 9 0 0 7.2 7
2014 26 San Angelo UNLB Ind 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 2
2014 26 Altoona EL AA PIT 1 0 0.00 4 0 0 6.0 10
2014 26 Indianapolis IL AAA PIT 2 0 2.49 18 0 2 21.2 27
7 Seasons 14 15 4.36 137 15 7 214.2 251

No. 17 — Casey Sadler, RHP

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L ERA G GS SV IP SO
2010 19 State College NYPL A- PIT 3 0 3.00 12 1 0 24.0 21
2011 20 West Virginia SALL A PIT 5 5 2.43 35 0 4 66.2 57
2012 21 Bradenton FLOR A+ PIT 4 6 3.73 32 17 2 130.1 93
2013 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA PIT 11 7 3.37 24 24 0 136.1 72
2013 22 Altoona EL AA PIT 11 7 3.31 23 23 0 130.1 67
2013 22 Indianapolis IL AAA PIT 0 0 4.50 1 1 0 6.0 5
2014 23 Indianapolis IL AAA PIT 11 4 3.03 21 21 0 124.2 77
5 Seasons 34 22 3.23 124 63 6 482.0 320

No. 21 — Stetson Allie, 1B

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G 2B 3B HR RBI SB BA
2011 20 State College NYPL A- PIT 15 0 0 0 0 0
2012 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A PIT 44 6 2 3 19 2 .213
2012 21 Pirates GULF Rk PIT 42 6 2 3 19 2 .213
2012 21 West Virginia SALL A PIT 2 0 0 0 0 0
2013 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ PIT 132 34 1 21 86 8 .277
2013 22 West Virginia SALL A PIT 66 16 1 17 61 6 .324
2013 22 Bradenton FLOR A+ PIT 66 18 0 4 25 2 .229
2014 23 Altoona EL AA PIT 117 16 0 21 62 9 .246
4 Seasons 308 56 3 45 167 19 .256

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