2015 JAVIER Pittsburgh Pirates 25 and under Prospect List

A pursuit of mine has been to find how well minor league statistics translate to the major leagues. During this pursuit I created a comparison system called JAVIER that finds how well other players with similar minor league statistics have done in their careers. After recently adding pitching to a previously hitting-only system, I thought it would be fun to create a top-25 list of all players age 25 or younger for each team. These lists are based only on minor league statistics and nothing else. I am by no means a stats-only person and will not form a decision about a player until reading a scouting report (Baseball Prospectus has a trove of scouting information). However, I can’t add anything to the scouting community, so I do whatever I can and analyze the numbers instead. You can read all about the inner workings of JAVIER and download the data for yourself at Beyond the Boxscore. I will do my best to find all players currently in the franchise, but I may miss a few here and there.

In order to qualify for this list, pitchers must have at least 100 innings pitched and hitters 500 plate appearances in the minors.

View other teams 25 and under list here.

Top 25

Name High Level 2014 Age Pos IP PA JAVIER JAVIER Category
Gregory Polanco MLB 22 RF 1739 5.44 Elite
Jaff Decker MLB 24 CF 2691 4.27 Elite
Alen Hanson AA 21 SS 1890 3.86 Elite
Jameson Taillon AAA 22 RHP 382 3.25 Elite
Gerrit Cole MLB 23 RHP 222.3 2.72 Good
Nick Kingham AAA 22 RHP 503.3 2.24 Good
Stolmy Pimentel MLB 24 RHP 768.7 1.50 Average
Starling Marte MLB 25 LF 1994 1.31 Average
Tyler Glasnow A+ 20 RHP 273.9 1.20 Elite
Matt Curry AAA 25 RF 1595 0.95 Average
Andrew Lambo MLB 25 1B 3053 0.95 Average
Adrian Sampson AAA 22 RHP 349.7 0.94 Average
Jose Tabata MLB 25 LF 2137 0.68 Bad
Stetson Allie AA 23 1B 1228 0.67 Average
Josh Bell AA 21 RF 1050 0.65 Average
Dan Grovatt A+ 25 LF 1057 0.61 Good
Keon Broxton AA 24 CF 2847 0.51 Average
Harold Ramirez A 19 CF 682 0.46 Average
Jarek Cunningham AA 24 3B 2346 0.40 Average
Maximo Rivera A 21 RF 738 0.35 Average
Jesus Vasquez A- 22 RF 512 0.32 Average
Chad Kuhl A+ 21 RHP 208.6 0.27 Average
Buddy Borden A 22 RHP 144.7 0.26 Average
Jacoby Jones A 22 SS 568 0.25 Average
Luis Heredia A 19 RHP 250.6 0.22 Bad

Missing prospects

Here are the JAVIER results for some names you might be looking for that did not make it onto the top-25 list. Some might not have enough minor league experience, others just might be prospects that have not produced in the minor leagues.

Name High Level 2014 Age Pos IP PA JAVIER JAVIER Category
Cole Tucker Rk 17 SS 217 0.74 Good
Taylor Gushue A- 20 C 233 0.56 Good
Austin Meadows A 19 CF 402 0.53 Average
Trey Supak Rk 18 RHP 24 0.28 Average
Mitch Keller Rk 18 RHP 27.3 0.27 Average
Willy Garcia AA 21 RF 1659 0.19 Bad
Jose Osuna A+ 21 1B 1644 0.18 Bad
Clay Holmes A 21 RHP 178.3 0.15 Bad
Brandon Cumpton MLB 25 RHP 499.3 0.13 Bad
Gift Ngoepe AA 24 2B 1994 0.12 Bad
Barrett Barnes A+ 22 CF 423 0.06 Bad
Cody Dickson A 22 LHP 186.3 0.00 Bad
Joely Rodriguez AA 22 LHP 343 -0.03 Terrible
Jin-De Jhang A+ 21 C 649 -0.13 Terrible
Michael De La Cruz Rk 17 CF 112 -0.14 Terrible
Reese McGuire A 19 C 643 -0.17 Terrible
Wyatt Mathisen A 20 3B 786 -0.17 Terrible
Elias Diaz AAA 23 C 1488 -0.44 Terrible
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