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Pirates Updated Top 10 Prospects

By: Mike Vukovcan
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Thanks to the 2011 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates added some big-time talent into their minor league system.

RHP Gerrit Cole and OF Josh Bell were considered by most MLB scouts to be 2 of the top 10 players in the draft.

Now that the Pirates have both of them, where do they rank among the Pirate prospects?

Tim Williams of Piratesprospects.com has just released his updated Top 10 Prospects list.

The website has also put Pirate prospects in different tiers, which is also interesting to evaluate.

Pirates Top 10 Prospects (August 18, 2011):
1) Gerrit Cole, RHP
2) Jameson Taillon, RHP
3) Luis Heredia, RHP
4) Starling Marte, OF
5) Josh Bell, OF
6) Robbie Grossman, OF
7) Tony Sanchez, C
8) Stetson Allie, RHP
9) Kyle McPherson, RHP
10) Colton Cain, LHP

Tier 1 Prospects: Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon

Tier 2 Prospects: Josh Bell, Luis Heredia, Starling Marte

Tier 3 Prospects: Stetson Allie, Robbie Grossman, Tony Sanchez

Tier 4 Prospects: Colton Cain, Matt Curry, Alex Dickerson, Zack Dodson, Nick Kingham, Jeff Locke, Kyle McPherson, Jordy Mercer, Bryan Morris, Rudy Owens, Mel Rojas Jr, Zack Von Rosenberg, Justin Wilson