With one winning season since 2015 and just three postseason appearances since losing three straight championship series matchups 1990-1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates are the definition of a rudderless dinghy.
They’re not without young talent, however, with Ke’Bryan Hayes, Oneil Cruz, and Bryan Reynolds holding up an otherwise drab roster.
Might the farm system provide impact assistance soon?
Ages as of July 1, 2023
Rodriguez is a capable switch hitter with zone feel, above-average speed and a chance to play multiple impact positions
Johnson’s short path, bat speed, and shot to play second base make him one of the more unique prospects in the the game.
Armed with plus power and a cannona rm, Davis profiles as a bat-first catcher, but one with all-star upside.
Priester doesn’t throw hard, but his curveball is plus and he commands four pitches to all edges of the zone.
There’s no true lead tool here if Gonzales’ two-year contact rates in pro ball ring true (27%) for the long haul.
A two-way prospect now focused on pitching, Chandler offers athleticism and projectable velocity and command.
Solometo is mostly projection right now, but flashes plus command and a chance at a swing-and-miss slider.
Ortiz has big raw stuff, but is likely headed for the bullpen without more strikes and a better third pitch.
Harrington can touch the mid-90s with three viable offspeed pitches, including a plus changeup.
Known more for contact than power, Peguero has flashed average pop and brings impact speed as a good-enough defender at short.
|15||20||Lonnie White Jr.||OF||40|
|20||23||Ji Hwan Bae||2B/OF||35|
Rankings, OFPs by Joe Doyle.
Player notes by Jason A. Churchill.
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