This list was easy to put together. The Pirates are loaded with right-handed pitching talent, especially on the high-end of the prospect lists. The final list goes: Clay Holmes, Mitch Keller, Nick Kingham, Jameson Taillon, and Tyler Glasnow.
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All these prospects have similar attributes. They all are tall, big framed, and have big arms. All these prospect throw in the mid to upper 90’s and were draft picks by the team. Some were top picks like Taillon and Keller, while the other three were selected in rounds four through nine.
As mentioned earlier in the article the Pirates have focused on bringing in as much right-handed pitching talent as possible. They have succeeded in this as they are easily one of the deepest teams in terms of right-handed pitching prospects. As everyone says, you can never have to much pitching. The Pirates have set themselves up to have a lot of good pitching to come up every year. If there ever is a back log of arms in the minors they could then look to move them in the trade market to help get other pieces. Either way having big, work horse like arms is a great problem to have in the farm system.
So far the site has looked at the top five left-handed pitching prospects in the organization and now the top five right-handed pitching prospects. Next week Rumbunter will look at the top 5 outfield prospects. This list will be interesting as the team always has depth at this position, but have recently seen many of their top outfielders either graduate to the MLB or are now in the upper minors. So look back next week to learn about some of the up and coming outfielders.