After making a few playoff runs in a row with a solid core of players and home-grown talents, it’s time for the Pirates to rebuild. The good news is that they have been drafting very well for years since that’s what they are built on, much like several other small-market teams, so they aren’t quite as far behind the eight ball as some others are. A few of their top prospects are ready to make major league impacts now or at least in the next year while a few of their other top prospects are further away but still just as promising. The foundations of their recent playoff runs are present in the current crop of prospects coming up through their system right now.

Top Prospects In The System

Ke'Bryan Hayes

Pos. - 3B  Ht/Wt - 6’1” 210 lbs.  Bats: R Throws: R Age: 23

Level - Triple-A  Drafted - 2015 (1.32)  ETA: 2020

Grades: Hit: 60 Power: 50 Run: 55 Arm: 60 Field: 65

Hayes was the second first-round selection of the 2015 draft for the Pirates with the...