Kevin Goldstein’s Top 11 Pirate prospects is posted today over at Baseball Prospectus, so as always it’s interesting to check it out and see what outside minds have to say about the Pirates’ system. Much of the article is under the paywall, though the rankings themselves are free. Goldstein gives the Pirates four five-star prospects this year, plus Starling Marte and Robbie Grossman as four-star prospects. You can check back through Goldstein’s past rankings of the Pirates’ system to see that the Pirates haven’t had a collection of good talent like this in a long time, though Goldstein still expresses some reservations about depth.
It’s also interesting to see how he penalized Tony Sancehz and Stetson Allie for their difficult seasons. I personally have a harder time figuring out how to rank highly-regarded guys after a bad season, so seeing how others do is something I try to keep an eye on. In any case, make sure to check out the whole thing, especially if you have a BP subscription.
And this seems like as good a time as any to mention that Pirates Prospects is taking pre-orders for their 2012 prospect guide, which should be shipping soon. Last year’s guide was pretty much indespensible and I’m sure this year’s will be, too.