6,658 people like this. He was added to the Taxi Squad this summer so there is a possibility for him to debut in 2021. After a battle with COVID before the season got going, Hayes burst on to the scene like a caged-animal let loose on a meatpacking plant. 4. Age: 19 Age: 23 Across two levels in 2019, he it .326/.382/.485 with 21 extra base hit and 11 steals. 0 Shares. Highest Level: AA Highest Level: AA The wheels are there, but he isn’t a very efficient base stealer. He doesn’t have many innings on his arm as he was signed out of the Bahamas as a shortstop but Cleveland quickly moved him to the mound. Even though he only played a month in the major leagues, Hayes’ 2020 season really turned heads. Age: 22 First things first, his name is pronounced “ma-Jinsk-ee.” Good luck with that. His mechanics are buttery smooth and he can easily get to his above-average power. Kyle Brown has already discussed on social media where Head would slot into this Top 50, and now today after the Taillon trade there are 4 more prospects added to this system. Mlondzinksi was the Pirates competitive balance pick in 2020, going 31st overall mostly on the strength of his incredible Cape Cod league season in 2019. Shea Spitzbarth, RHP Look for an update/follow up Pirates farm system article in February. Second base is one of the weakest positions in fantasy baseball and the Pirates have a big hole in the middle of their infield right now. With the additions of Gonzales and Peguero in the last 12 months, the future for Bae became a tad bit murky. Highest Level: A The final edits and roster moves are being made to the book now, and it will be sent to print at the start of December. At this point, MacGregor is a wild card. They locked up the first pick in the upcoming draft and (by the looks of their current roster) should have the first pick in the next year’s draft as well. Players are graded on a 20-80 scale for future tools -- 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average. It was great to see his strikeouts jump up above 20 K% but with that, his walks jumped up as well. Castro has some serious pop for a middle infielder. He has gotten a couple of cups of espresso in the majors but never could put it together. Even with the lack of track record of starting, the Pirates will give him every opportunity to do so. Highest Level: DSL He gets a boost in OBP leagues due to his advanced, patient approach at the plate. Kevin Kramer was a hit first prospect with little power and speed that performed well throughout his time in the Pirates minor league system. The concerns are with the hit-tool right now, but he was one of the youngest players in the 2019 class and comes from a good baseball family (his brother Mike is with the Reds). or. Rodolfo Nolasco, OF Assuming some semblance of normalcy in 2021, Mojica should make his way stateside and give the prospect world a much clearer picture of his potential. Age: 24 Oliva has continued to improve and move up the prospect ranks since he was drafted in the seventh round in 2017. 2. Max Kranick, RHP He struggled in his first taste of professional ball but has the makings of being a pretty good super-utility player. Kevin Newman, Adam Frazier and Cole Tucker are not long term options at 2B. While in school, he was showing the ability to hit the ball to all fields but his power is more doubles than over the fence. Crowe’s fastball sits in the low 90s and he has never turned in elite strikeout numbers at any minor league level. 45. He will have to work on his secondaries along with his control if he is to remain a starter. Eddy Yean, RHP Even with all of that, he still made it up to High-A and threw 130 innings. Michael Burrows, RHP I’m doubtful if he can make it to higher leverage situations but crazier things have happened. After being draft he slashed .329/.417/.425 with eight stolen bases, which is pretty good for a prep player whose biggest question mark was his hit tool. Law's top 50 draft prospects: No. Acquired as a part of the Starling Marte trade last offseason, Peguero is a promising all-around prospect. Highest Level: A Valentin Linarez, RHP His power exploded in 2019 as he hit 35 home runs between Low-A and Double-A and we also saw his pull% increase to a career-high 53%. In 37 games, he walked almost as much as he struck out and slashed .340/.435/.489. Highest Level: A+ He dealt with a shoulder injury most of 2019 but is playing winter ball this year. As with most power relievers, he has trouble with his command but cut down on the walks in 2018 in Double-A. PIRATES PROSPECTS IS NOW PART OF THE PITTSBURGH BASEBALL NETWORK Click here to go to the new site.If you were a subscriber to Pirates Prospects, your subscription has already carried over. Highest Level: AAA Due to his age, the Pirates will have to fast-track him through the minors, and I could see him begin the year in Double-A. The swing is nice and compact and at 6’1″ 160 lbs he should be able to add a bit of good weight to his frame without sacrificing much quickness. He’s not a big kid, but has some pop, speed and can hit. He had hip surgery in March, was placed on the IL, and then reassigned to Triple-A. He was a draft-eligible sophomore and after performing well during the 2019 Cape Cod league he ranked highly on many team’s draft boards. Age: 21 The 2020 draft class was filled with great hitters and number three on that list was Nick Gonzales. Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff. Sammy Siani is a solid player but lacks a true standout tool. Reports were positive from instructs league for Campana. Big velocity and an ability to handle a solid workload won’t be enough to make Bido a viable fantasy option if he can’t miss more bats. 50.0%: 17.0%: 33.0%: 44.0%: 26.4%: 29.5% **Combined stats from the entire 2019 season** Despite stories of off-field problems, he still regarded as one of the Pirates’ top prospects. Nick Gonzales, 2B JT Brubaker, RHP He came to Pittsburgh this offseason in the Josh Bell trade and should begin the season in High-A. Age: 20 41. Mears had as many walks as he did strikeouts (seven) in 2020, but the sample size is too small and the Pirates should run him out there more often in 2021 to see what they can make of his heater. RHP Tyler Glasnow; RHP Jameson Taillon; OF/1B Josh Bell; C Reese McGuire; RHP Nick Kingham; RHP Mitch Keller; OF Austin Meadows; INF Alen Hanson; SS Cole Tucker; OF Harold Ramirez; 1. He was signed by the Pirates from the Dodgers in 2017 and showed his worth with consistent progression and impressive offensive tools. In 28 innings, he had a 1.29 ERA, .86 WHIP, and 43.3 K%. He has been able to limit home runs but his biggest issue has been his inability to throw consistent strikes. Alexander Mojica, 1B/3B Age: 19 Share. Age: 26 A brilliant rookie debut has lifted Ke’Bryan Hayes to rise in Baseball America’s top 100 rankings and become the top prospect for the Pittsburgh Pirates in … Many players who are ranked higher or lower on other platforms will get a boost here. In what was admittedly a small sample size, Hayes was an arsonist at the dish, clobbering five homers, seven doubles and two triples in just 24 games. Also dinging his potential is that he is already a first baseman and guys like that need to continue to hit. You’ll also notice a few trends. Our mid-season top 50 rankings is an eBook this year, with details on all 50 prospects, similar to our annual Prospect Guide. Shelly Verougstraete Prospect Rankings 2 Weeks Ago . 23. He commands the strike zone (89 walks and only 79 strikeouts in 128 college games), hits for both contact and power, and is able to garner more extra-base hits and chip in a few steals with above average wheels and a high baseball IQ. Age: 21 With his diminutive 5’10” 190 lbs frame, Gonzales has been proving people wrong for as long as he has been playing baseball. Usually, prep-hitters drafted in the 30th round do not sign but Jack Herman likes to do things differently. Highest Level: Rookie The investigation to determine whether or not Cruz was intoxicated at the time of the crash is still ongoing, so all we can do is wait for more information. Age: 21 Age: 24 What I will be looking for in 2021 is to see whether or not Hayes can bring his K% down and his BB% up without sacrificing too much of the hard contact he made in 2020. There’s a lot of upside here. If not, Thomas has the makings of being a dominant reliever out of the pen. Julio Rodriguez, Mariners | Age : 19 | Level : AAA Height : 6’3” | Weight : 180 | Bats : R | Throws : R . Brennan Malone, RHP Tahnaj Thomas, RHP Tier 1: Players with high expectations of both making the majors and playing at an All-Star level for a number of years In his second year, he learned a few breaking balls, a cutter and a changeup and was converted into a starter. Checking in a 6’5″ 245 lbs, Apostel had a good second turn in the DSL and should be able to get stateside in 2021. Along with that pitching The Pirates have another influx of talent coming from the Gerrit Cole deal. Jose Soriano, RHP Shortridge, just like Junker, transitioned from the bullpen to the starting rotation at California before the Pirates selected him in the fourth round of the 2018 draft. Lolo Sanchez, OF Keep a close eye on him in 2021 and try to acquire him before the helium gets out of control. He should start the season with AA Altoona and the 2021 season should act as a great litmus test for his future potential and ability to make it to the majors. Again, just like Priester, he brings power and command and looks like a bonafide starter for years to come. He doesn’t whiff much (59K in 458 plate appearances in 2019), but he also doesn’t impact the ball much and his estimated fly ball distance has hovered around 275 feet for most of his career. He also struck out seven batters on three separate occasions. Ke'Bryan Hayes was a Pirate first-round pick in 2015 and has steadily worked his way into being the Pirates top prospect. Tier 3: Players with an average expectation of making the majors and being a solid contributor Highest Level: Rookie His ERA was a solid 2.45, but his WHIP of 0.64 is just out of this world. November 19, 2014. He also could end up in the bullpen. Randy Romero, 2B Until then, Cruz is getting some reps in LIDOM (Dominican Winter League) in an attempt to stay game ready for the 2021 season. Burrows has added a bit of velocity and arm strength since being drafted in the eleventh round back in 2018. Age: 23 Today, we’ll break down the top-25 Pittsburgh Pirates prospects. I must say, I was not expecting the bat to arrive in the way that it did. She can also be heard on the Dynasty's Child podcast on The Dynasty Guru. 11. 6,498 people follow this. Highest Level: A- The Mariners gave the outfielder from the Dominican Repulic a $1.75 million signing bonus as a member of the 2017 J2 class. Log In. Copyright © 2021 Pitcher GIFS Inc. All Rights Reserved. Highest Level: Rookie Pirates Prospect Headlines. Age: 20 Cruz still has the potential to be the Aaron Judge of the infield, but the car accident he got into after the season that left three people dead in the Dominican Republic casts some serious doubt on his 2021 prospects. Showed the makings of a patient plate approach and the ability to fly around the bases. 35. Note: These Top 50 lists are all done through a fantasy baseball-focused lens. Prospects1500 Your comprehensive dynasty league resource - deep MLB/MiLB prospect lists, news & rankings. Martin has been a patient hitter throughout his career, posting double-digits at each stop, but his strikeout rates are very concerning. Highest Level: NCAA Custodio put up great numbers in his first tour in the DSL, showing off some impressive contact numbers and speed. Mitchell lacks polish, so the lost season in 2020 may hinder him more than others. Age: 23 Bolton was a standout at the alternate site in 2020 and I was hoping that we might get a chance to see him in Pittsburgh at the end of the end of the season. His fastball currently sits in the high-eighties to low-nineties and he will have to pump that up for it to play at the major league level. He was quickly moved to Low-A and his inexperience began to show. If he can harness that, we are looking at a future closer. Below you will find our mid-season top 50 prospects for the Pirates’ system. Here’s a look at Pittsburgh’s Top 50 prospects. 3. WRITER’S NOTE: When you click on a player’s name in this article it will take you directly to the Baseball Reference page for that player. The average exit velocity was an astounding 92.8 with a max of 110.4 mph and helped create an absurd 1.7 fWAR in his paltry 95 plate appearances. 1 is easy, but who comes next? Age: 19 Because of his history of working in the pen, I could see him moving back there as a long-man type. With a super smooth delivery, Priester’s fastball sits in the mid-nineties and can be thrown consistently for strikes. Age: 23 Age: 20 It would be imprudent to take away any meaningful conclusions from 16 plate appearances, but he did hit .188 and strike out six times. Due to his size, he will have to play first or DH so the road to the majors will not be easy. It is not often that you see a player with above 15 Swstk% in the lower levels succeed in the major leagues. Required fields are marked *. After a great debut in 2018, Herman added some serious power to his profile in 2019, as well as some concerning strikeout numbers. He is also an above-average runner with great base running acumen, so I could also see double-digit stolen bases as well. If we get a minor league season, it will be very telling to see where the new front office puts him to start the year. The other piece acquired in the Marte trade, Malone is a power arm that throws in the mid-90s with a slider and curveball that both grade out as at least above average right now. She is a proud Dog Mom to Orsillo and Soto. If you want to read me wax poetic about that you can check out my end of year review. Jared Oliva, OF I worry about Castro’s ability to get to his game power as he advances through the higher minors and faces much better pitching. Home; Top 197 Prospects (OCT 2020) Top 50 Lists. I think he can be a 20/20 player with 40+ doubles and a slash line of around .280/.360/.480, but don’t look at his debut and think that Hayes has all of a sudden blossomed into a huge power source. However, he stayed relatively healthy during 2019 and he also saw an uptick in velocity. Oliva brings above-average speed and superb baserunning acumen which should translate to double-digit steals once he gets full-time playing time in the majors. 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