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Bryce Harper Tops Keith Law's Prospect List; Jameson Taillon At No. 14

ESPN's Keith Law has a new list of baseball's top 50 prospects. It's insider-only, but David Todd has a good summary of it at Bucs Dugout as it relates to the Pirates, who place Jameson Taillon (at No. 14) and Luis Heredia (at No. 46). At West Virginia, Taillon is off to a terrific start in his pro career. As for Heredia, Law must simply really like him - he's only 16 and hasn't done much in his pro career yet.


Unsurprisingly, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals is No. 1, which is an easy call - the 2010 top pick was recently promoted to Class AA after destroying Class A as an 18-year-old. Then there's pitcher Matt Moore of the Rays, followed by two Cardinals pitchers, Shelby Miller and Carlos Martinez. That's an extremely optimistic placement for Martinez, but still, the Cards could be pretty scary if both of those guys pan out. No. 5 is Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, who went one pick after Taillon in the 2010 draft. The choice of Machado or Taillon really just comes down to personal preference at this point - they're both having strong seasons.

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