Mackenzie Gore will likely be in the majors sooner … Eric Longenhagen from Fangraphs posted his top 100 prospects list on Wednesday morning and he has six players from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bucs land 2 pitching prospects for Bell. While Newman is employing more of a leg kick than he was at U of A, he’s still not hitting for power, and at age 24, it’s looking unlikely that he ever will. Kingham is short of regular big-league projection because his secondary stuff is lacking, but assuming good health, he throws enough strikes to slot into a fifth-starter role in the right situation. Bucs' top 5 international signings of all time. They both hit the ball hard for players their age, though they’re also a little more physical than most of their DSL peers. A two-sport star in high school, Ashcraft kind of got lost amid the many talented prep arms in the 2018 class, but he was in the second tier, wire-to-wire, for the clubs that emphasize athleticism and projection. While this isn’t a mock draft, we can match it up to the early picks for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who select seventh and 31st overall in the upcoming June draft. The Pirates need to find a way to get his fastball to play better than it did last year when it barely induced any swings and misses despite perfectly serviceable velo for the Penn League. Leandro Pina, RHP — A well-built, 19-year-old, Dominican righty with a thick lower half, Pina’s fastball lives in the 87-92 range, and he’s less physically projectable than his on-paper measureables make it seem. All the 2018 Pirates batting and pitching stats, standings, depth charts, roster notes, schedule/results, news and analysis. Brandon Waddell, LHP, 1.8 KATOH — Waddell began experiencing control issues as a junior at Virginia and has never reclaimed the promising strike-throwing ability he showed as a sophomore. by Handedness, Effectively Wild Episode 1155: Hoffman Kluber Meets the MarlinTigers. Malone was on the scouting radar for awhile, standing out in North Carolina for his clean, quick arm speed and above-average breaking ball. Ronny Agustin, LHP — Agustin was in the 2017 Low-A bullpen as a 22-year-old, where he struck out 52 in 35.1 innings. Optimists hoped Craig’s plus arm strength — he pitched and played third base at Wake Forest — would help hide his lack of mobility and enable him to be a viable defensive third baseman. This kind of prospect is volatile, but Apostel is one of the more interesting lottery tickets in a system with several of them. I’m getting less and less confident in Meadows’ ability to remain healthy. The Pirates international operations are now in flux as already infamous former international scouting director Rene Gayo — whose charisma and eye for talent were key in a market that demands both — was let go for financial impropriety. Are you noticing a common theme surrounding Pirates hitters on this list? He’s a below-average athlete with a maxed-out frame and well below-average control. And please don't worry, your report will be anonymous. He’s a tweener defensive outfielder with a collection of average tools, and he profiles in a bench/platoon role. Joey Lucchesi has been progressively squeezed out of San Diego’s plans. Castro has above-average bat speed and a projectable frame, but his pitch recognition is currently poor. He’s a well-built 6-foot-2, sits in the low-90s with some arm-side movement, and has an above-average changeup. His fastball has grown from the 88-92 range to the 92-95 band in about a year and it has other characteristics that enable it to play in the strike zone. If he can, then he continues to project as a star center fielder — he’s still a plus runner despite the hamstring issues — with a plus hit tool and more power than his raw homer totals suggest. Oneil Cruz, SS, Bats: L, DOB: … His curveball has picturesque shape and depth but doesn’t miss as many bats as one might expect, instead operating as another way of generating ground balls. Vasquez only signed with Seattle at age 19 but began throwing a high volume of strikes immediately and quickly closed his age/level gap when he shot right from the AZL to Low-A during his first full season. If the strike-throwing comes along, he could be a lefty relief piece. He was 91-94 with an average curveball and changeup out of the Glendale bullpen in the Fall League, which isn’t very exciting when compared to other big-league bullpen arms. Cruz is fairly smooth at third base, but most scouts have him projected to either first base or right field because of his size. Aside from a May back injury that sidelined him for a month, Keller had a successful 2017 and reached Double-A in August. … He’s a future plus-plus defender at short whose bat will likely limit him to below-average everyday value or a bench role. I have Hearn projected as a high-risk mid-rotation starter. Our data indicates that Neverauskas has a slightly lower release point on the breaking ball than fastball. December 30, 2020. Jeter Downs can swing it. Brandon Waddell, LHP John Dreker-February 28, 2020. He remains a traditional right field body/power projection lottery ticket. Quinn Priester has gained a lot of helium since ranking seventh on our 2020 Pittsburgh Pirates Top Prospects list.Thanks to stellar showings at the alternate camp and instructs, the 6-foot-3, 215 pound right-hander has climbed into the middle of Baseball America’s and MLB Pipeline’s Top 100s. He’s going to work off of that pitch about 70% of the time en route to a middle-relief role. Florez is Rule 5 eligible at the end of 2020, which I think increases his chances of being ‘penned and pushed quickly. He was up to 98 in the spring, sitting in the mid-90s for most of his starts while also producing the best fastball spin rates in the draft class. 9 , Ke'Bryan Hayes is the highest-ranked Bucs prospect since Tyler Glasnow (No. He has some timing issues, and his overall feel for hitting is a bit raw, but Mitchell has natural opposite-field ability and quick, loose wrists that allow him to turn on velocity inside on his hands. His pitch grades assume bullpen projection. 4/5 starter. FanGraphs has started their top prospect rankings for 2021. He spent four years working for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, two with Baseball Info Solutions and two contributing to prospect coverage at ESPN.com. He’ll show glimpses of east/west command of the fastball and has potentially dominant secondary stuff in a plus-flashing curveball and changeup. It’s quick, and he has exceptional hand-eye coordination that allows him to make contact all over the strike zone — and sometimes outside of it. He has a plus-plus arm that would be wasted at first, but he’d be an incredible target there and already possesses an infielder’s hands. His numbers were down as a junior, he struggled to throw, and his stock fell. Pina’s delivery is quite deliberate, though he is athletic. (Our 2021 Pirates offseason list hasn’t run yet, but according to … Most of his in-game power comes from his hands/wrists with little coming from Tucker’s lower half. College-Age Pitchers His frame isn’t especially projectable, so much of the power he develops will come from improving the quality of his contact more than it will come from physical growth, making his pop difficult to project. Moran’s feel to hit was such that it allowed him to continue making plenty of contact despite his tardiness, but it hurt his power output. Fangraphs was the only source that had more than three Pirates on their list, so we will start with their list : 30. Hamstring injuries can be chronic (or maybe it’s just that they don’t heal properly sometimes)…and it sure looks like that’s what’s going on with him. Chris Paddack has solidified a spot in the rotation. He posted bonkers DSL numbers (.351/.468/.580) but, like Cardinals prospect Malcom Nunez before him, Mojica is a husky power hitter who is bigger and stronger than just about everyone he played with in the DSL. He’s a slower-twitch athlete but is loose and rotates gracefully, giving him more power potential than his semi-mature frame might indicate. He now soundly projects in the bullpen despite possessing a starter’s repertoire depth. Here's what the Pirates got in Taillon deal. All UZR (ultimate zone rating) calculations are provided courtesy of Mitchel Lichtman. MacGregor’s present secondary stuff wasn’t as enticing as that of most second-round high-school draftees, his fringe changeup a bit ahead of his blunt curveball and its projection more significantly so. All UZR (ultimate zone rating) calculations are provided courtesy of Mitchel Lichtman. He had a foot injury in 2016 and then the oblique issue this year. Fraizer didn’t play much at U of A due to a broken hand but he tweaked his swing and hit .400 over the 19 games he did play. Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Sorry if this is a bit dated, but FanGraphs a few days ago released Eric Longenhagen’s list of … He was 6-foot-3 when he signed but now stands a well-proportioned 6-foot-8 in his spikes. His curveball and changeup are both about average, giving him a mid-rotation starter look, with the usual injury caveats for a power prep righty. Bolton had a strong start to his 2018 season before he was shut down in July with a shoulder issue and didn’t pitch for the rest of the summer. He’s an extreme injury risk but has late-inning upside. Top 10 Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects for 2021 Fantasy Baseball ... It’s not working super great, if his -4.8 pitch value on fangraphs is any indicator. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. He’s 20, he looks pretty thin, and he’s already held his own at AA. Recently, Fangraphs updated their top 100 prospect list. He has a flatter swing that doesn’t enable his raw power to play but the on-base ability and speed might enable him to be a center field regular anyway. Blake Weiman, LHP There, his fastball will be paired with an average, low-80s breaking ball. He’s also apt to chase breaking balls down and in 2017, his first full pro year, he struggled through April n the Cal League before righting the ship and finishing with a .312/.364/.462 line. Triolo has a pretty simple swing. He spent the first half of August rehabbing his way back to Indianapolis. His low-80s slider is consistently average, and the changeup, also in the low-80s, will flash average and should mature as such. Log In Dixon is a raw swinger but he’s a good-framed 70 runner. If not, he’s a back-end bullpen arm. For his draft year, he transferred to IMG Academy in Florida and took another step forward, reminiscent of how Touki Toussaint added feel elements to his profile in his draft year. Despite his delivery’s ease, he struggled to throw strikes in the Fall League and has struggled throughout his career, as well. Pirates top prospect list 2021: Ke'Bryan Hayes, Travis Swaggerty lead Pittsburgh's group The Pirates should have some interesting position players coming to Pittsburgh in the next few years. His relatively new curveball is his best secondary pitch and it pairs with a hard slider in the 88-90 mph range. Gonzalez, too, but he’s less projectable. He emerged as a speed/raw power flier as a junior, but slid to the Pirates in the seventh round and signed for slot. I rely a lot on Pirates Prospects. Indeed there are folks in baseball who are skeptical of Cruz’s hit tool because of his lever length, and those concerns are exacerbated by how often he likes to swing. Baz had among the most electric stuff in the 2017 draft. 3 starter. Kingham is a strike-throwing, big-bodied righty with above-average arm strength and fringe secondary stuff. Even though it doesn’t always look pretty, Castro’s batted ball results indicate he actually has good feel for consistently hitting the ball hard (43% of his balls in play were hit at 95 mph or above, a 60 on the scale) and in the air. Escobar has one of the most explosive deliveries in the minors. He’ll flash an average curveball — and it should be average at peak — along with his fastball. }); Grouped by type and listed in order of preference within each category. His delivery is a little bit clunky, but after experiencing a significant velocity spike last year Florez now has better stuff at a younger age than most of the other prospects in this system. Yoyner Fajardo, 2B With the new rankings, Pittsburgh Pirates’ shortstop prospect Liover Peguero now ranks as the 100th best prospect in baseball. It can be found here. He’s up to 96 and has an above-average slider. Currently, FanGraphs ranks the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 4th best farm system in all of baseball. But Brubaker turned some heads in Fall League, where he pitched with a heavy 93-97 mph fastball, and has some late-bloomer traits that indicate he still has room for growth despite his age. There’s no clear, bat-missing secondary offering here, but Pittsburgh has coveted good-framed athletes with workable deliveries in the draft, and MacGregor has all of that. Fangraphs on the Padres/Pirates/Mets Trade. Previous work can also be found at Sports On Earth, CrashburnAlley and Prospect Insider. Today, Baseball America released their top 10 Pittsburgh Pirates prospects for 2021. Hearn struck out 26 hitters in his final 15.2 innings at Bradenton just before the injury and didn’t pitch again until a September tune-up in the GCL while prepping for Fall League. Again, nobody is sure what to make of Cruz, but everyone thinks he’s talented enough to be something, probably a power-hitting right fielder. Melendez was a 2018 minor league Rule 5 pick and is now on his third org at age 22. An athletic conversion arm with a big, broad-shouldered, projectable frame and almost no miles on his arm because of the conversion, Thomas has been pitching in relative obscurity to this point because he’s been on backfields and in the Appy League. All major league baseball data including pitch type, velocity, batted ball location, In doing so, he will pass the torch to Nolan Jones (Indians), Nolan Gorman (Cardinals) and Jonathan India (Reds), all of whom appear on the list for a third straight season. Martin struggles against lefties and could occupy the larger half of a platoon in an outfield corner or be a nice bench outfield piece. September 10, 2018 . Ogle’s delivery is a bit stiff and scouts project on his secondaries pretty conservatively, only maxing them out around average. Swaggerty is a good defensive player whose offensive performance, specifically his power output, continues to fall a little short of what someone with his physical talent could be doing. Ke’Bryan Hayes is the team’s top prospect, but that’s more because of his defense than his current offense. Reynolds is now 23, has some swing and miss issues and isn’t a consensus enter fielder. Mitchell Tolman, 2B As you can imagine, the list wasn’t the easiest to put together given the lack of baseball games being played by many of the players in affiliated … Mezquita, 18, has a giant frame and is sitting 90-93, touching 95, but with little idea where it’s going. He signed for $1.35 million. His approach had gone backward and his bat was often late into the zone. Below is an analysis of the prospects in the farm system of the New York Yankees. Before the elbow went, he was 90-94, touching 97, and locating a quality breaking ball. After the suspension and a treatment/education program, Bae returned to the field and was skipped over two levels and sent to full-season ball at age 19, where he hit .323/.403/.430. blogs.fangraphs.com At his best, though, he’ll touch 99 with the fastball and spin a plus slider. He has 20 present command, and the stiff, violent nature of German’s delivery makes scouts apprehensive about projecting viable big-league control, let alone the kind of command required for German to pitch in the back of a bullpen. It also makes it hard for pitchers to beat him with velocity, since he’s rarely late on anything and has quick enough hands to get on top of pitches near the top of the strike zone. Obviously the drug suspension lends doubt to the arm strength. It’s this breaking ball that has the most promise, as Neverauskas spins it in the 2800-3000 rpm range, but scouts don’t think he gets on top of the ball consistently enough for that spin to be effectual. Scouts also want to see him load his hands a little shallower and smooth out his left-handed swing a bit. Scouts aren’t exactly sure what the hell to make of Cruz because most of them have never seen anything like him. The free-spirited Pie spent 2019 in the GCL where he took a lot of wild swings and didn’t perform as well as he did in his 2018 pro debut. After spending parts of eight seasons in the minors, Neverauskas made his Pirates debut in April, becoming the first major leaguer born and raised in Lithuania. It’s possible his lack of power hurts his on-base skills as he climbs the minors and pitchers attack him without fear of him doing extra-base damage (he has no minor league home runs yet), but Bae’s gotten stronger, his exit velos took a leap last year, and he has premium rotational ability. blogs.fangraphs.com. Hayes was followed … He’s a competent strike-thrower with a history of durability and some traits that indicate late growth for his secondaries. The lack of bat speed leads to a relative lack of power, but Hayes’ ability to make contact and reach base should be sufficient for everyday duty at third. Perhaps the place where the Segura and Peguero Venn Diagram does not overlap is on the defensive end of things. The lift in Mitchell’s cut enabled him to golf out 15 homers in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League even though Mitchell doesn’t have much raw power right now. He complemented that batting line with another useful season in the field, making fewer appearances at shortstop but adding center field to his resume. I’ll also concede that the Fall League look was bad (he missed several weeks with a foot fracture), and his LIDOM performance was, too. But after giving it a try during his post-draft summer in 2016, Craig was moved, full-time, to first base in 2017. He sits 93-95 and will touch 96 throughout the course of a start. He looked predictably rusty in the Arizona Fall League, but it’s clear there’s more in-game power potential here now. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which all of my prospect content is governed you can click here. This is one of the game’s better systems with both high-end talent up top and real depth created by the last couple years of focus on farm building. News and Notes. From a tools and body standpoint, Siani has some tweener traits similar to eventual college outfielders Daniel Cabrera, Adam Haseley, and Dominic Fletcher when they were preps. He’s tinkering with his low-80s slider (which, again, featured less velo in the AFL than what I’d seen during the regular season), which tilts in with enough 2-to-7 movement that it can garner swings and misses when located properly. For now, Valerio has only played short. Jake Brentz, LHP, 0.2 KATOH — Signed to an overslot $700,000 bonus as an 11th-round pick by Toronto in 2013, Brentz has been traded twice, once to Seattle as part of a package for Mark Lowe and then to Pittsburgh for Arquimedes Caminero. I think I’m with you on this too. He had Tommy John in May (which makes him easier to roster as a Rule 5 pick) and probably won’t be back until mid-2018. Below is an analysis of the prospects in the farm system of the Pittsburgh Pirates. I’m way, way in on Cruz even though he has clear issues that make him one of baseball’s riskier players. Because of when he signed, Mears doesn’t need to be added to the 40-man for a couple of years, and the rebuilding Pirates have incentive to slow-play this one. He has plus straight-line speed but only average lateral quickness and range, and his arm just barely passes on the left side of the infield. He sat 86-90 as a rising high school senior but has since altered the timing of his arm swing for the better, and the resulting velo is fairly new, which makes Bolton’s cogent strike-throwing more impressive. If he were to make it back, it would give the Pittsburgh Pirates seven top 100 prospects per FanGraphs’s rankings. Pittsburgh took him in the fifth round. Can’t wait to see the Pirates trade Oneil Cruz to the Rays for Kiermaier. Above-average feel for contact has enabled it to this point, but the way his peripherals moved last year is somewhat concerning. We have one here in Liover Peguero, who is a Jean Segura starter kit. A finger injury, bad weather, fluctuating stuff, frustrating control, and questions about his maturity all contributed to a draft-day tumble to pick No. His health may dictate which. Pipeline started where everyone else started so far, putting Ke’Bryan Hayes among the top 15 prospects in the game. He’s a big, well-built, 6-foot-4 righty from a small, Midwestern college program in Akron. MLB Pipeline’s top 100 list, revealed in January, … He’s a pretty classic tweener outfield prospect capable of playing all three outfield spots but better in a corner and in possession of average power, bat-to-ball skills and plate discipline. and play-by-play data provided by Baseball Info Solutions. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as my own observations. Hearn’s lack of command and long history of injury point to the bullpen. Either is a great outcome for a $60,000 signee plucked from an obscure baseball locale. FanGraphs names 62 Rays top prospects for 2021 I wander who ranks at the top of the list? Even if that’s where Baz ends up, his stuff is such that he’s a likely late-inning arm. What could the future hold for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their top 100 list? It seems like Tucker has enough power potential to keep pitchers honest. Kranick is a fastball-heavy relief prospect who’s up to 96 as a starter, sitting 92-94. 11 prospect last year, is a speedy second baseman whose prodigious athletic talents have landed him on several Top 100 lists. Previous work can also be found at Sports On Earth, CrashburnAlley and Prospect Insider. Now the Pirates have to hit the gas on his assignment to stress test his stuff for a 40-man addition in the fall. Reynolds has several average, or slightly above-average, tools. Because his delivery is somewhat grotesque and Bolton has had a shoulder problem, there’s apprehension about his health, but he has 50 FV stuff and could reach the big leagues in the next 12 to 18 months. I mentioned last year that I thought the core of the next competitive Pirates team was in place. Eric Longenhagen is from Catasauqua, PA and currently lives in Tempe, AZ. Pretty early in high school, Priester was firmly on the radar as a big-framed righty with a good breaking ball. 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