Final Thoughts of 30-25
The Pittsburgh Pirates bottom five prospects all have the tools to make the big league club one day. Looking at the bottom three position players – Barnes, Alemais, and Moroff – they all look to be nice bench pieces. All three are athletic and can play multiple positions in their given field.
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Meanwhile, Neverauskas projects to be an upside, power bullpen arm, who could provide quality innings as soon as this year and beyond. Krause is the furthest away out of the five prospects covered. He likely will start in Low-A West Virginia, and will need to continue working back from all the time he missed. However, his offense seems to project to be plus tool and as he matures, and grows stronger, he will add more pop.
Lastly is Osuna. Osuna is the highest upside of the four position players. For some teams, he probably could find himself getting a starting nod at first base or in right field. However, the Bucs are so deep in the outfield and have Josh Bell at first base. The Bucs will look for Osuna to prove that his impressive Triple-A numbers and current Spring Training numbers are not a fluke. If he does, he could provide a nice, right-handed hitting option with pop off the bench by mid-season.
This was the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates “Top 30 Prospects” articles. The articles will be released in five installments looking at six prospects an article. Rum Bunter has put the list together based on a comprehensive formula that equates hitter’s efficiency in their previous season and careers. It does the same for pitches except the formula measures the pitcher’s overall effectiveness. Also in general, overall perceived ceiling of said prospects. Expect prospects ranked 24-19 to be released by Friday.