Coming, current attractions: Bucs have swagger

No. 1 in future prospects. No. 1 Right Now! How’s that for a drumroll to get you pumped for Spring Training, Pittsburgh?

When MLB.com’s Pipeline rolled out its scroll of Top 100 prospects last week, you might recall that the Pirates topped the class with a total of seven, from overall No. 12 Tyler Glasnow to No. 92 Alen Hansen. Coming attractions.

Meanwhile, the MLB Network has been going through its Right Now! rankings of the top 10 players in the Majors at each position. There are still two to go — third base and catcher — but thus far the Bucs lead here, too.

The Pirates are tops both in terms of players cited — six among the eight positions already disclosed, with relief pitching given its own category — and player points. Is the Network anointing them the very best team in all the Majors? No — we’re forever arguing that this is a team game, and the sum of individual talent doesn’t always add up.

But the Bucs have definitely been the best at collecting props. As the French might say, “Parlay vous franchise?”

MLB Network rankings reflect a multitude of statistical factors with no human bias. Our player points follow the traditional scale of 10 for first place, nine for second … down to one for 10th.

Per that, the standings turning the corner:

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Central

  • Pirates (34 points; 6 players)
  • Cardinals (27;4)
  • Reds (17; 3)
  • Brewers (8; 2)
  • Cubs (4; 1)

East

  • Nationals (33; 6)
  • Braves (15; 3)
  • Marlins (11; 2)
  • Mets (6; 1)
  • Phillies (3; 1)

West

  • Dodgers (26; 5)
  • Rockies (18: 3)
  • D-backs (12; 2)
  • Padres (10: 3)
  • Giants (6; 2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Central

  • Royals (27; 4)
  • White Sox (23; 4)
  • Tigers (20; 4)
  • Indians (16; 4)
  • Twins (2; 1)

East

  • Red Sox (25; 4)
  • Blue Jays (21; 3)
  • Orioles (14; 3)
  • Yankees (12; 2)
  • Rays —

West

  • Mariners (24; 3)
  • Angels (15; 2)
  • A’s (8; 1)
  • Astros (7; 2)
  • Rangers ——

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