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Pirates Minor-League System Has Elite Talent But Lacks Depth, Baseball Prospectus Says

Baseball Prospectus (subscription only) lists the top Pirates prospects. BP loves the quartet of Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Luis Heredia and Josh Bell, but says the Pirates are "lacking in depth." BP says that Cole is "everything you look for in a college power pitcher," while Taillon is "everything you look for in a high school power pitcher." Heredia's "ceiling is through the roof," while Bell has "all of the tools to be an all-star corner outfielder." Starling Marte, meanwhile, is "one of the most exciting players in the minors."

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Here's the full list.

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1. Gerrit Cole
2. Jameson Taillon
3. Luis Heredia
4. Josh Bell
5. Starling Marte
6. Robbie Grossman
7. Stetson Allie
8. Kyle McPherson
9. Colton Cain
10. Tony Sanchez
11. Bryan Morris
12. Jeff Locke
13. Clay Holmes
14. Nick Kingham
15. Rudy Owens
16. Zack Von Rosenberg
17. Alen Hanson
18. Justin Wilson
19. Gorkys Hernandez
20. Gustavo Nunez

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