Pittsburgh Pirates: 2016 Draft Pick Dylan Prohoroff

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Taking a look at Pittsburgh Pirates 2016 eighth round pick Dylan Prohoroff.

Dylan Prohoroff was selected in the eighth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates with pick number 255 out of Cal State Fullerton. He is a 6’3 215 pound right-handed pitcher.

2016

Like many of his fellow draftees, Dylan Prohoroff signed on June 15. He was then assigned to the West Virginia Black Bears. With the Black Bears, Prohoroff made 21 appearances without making a start. He finished the year with a 3.45 ERA in 28.2 innings pitched. Prohoroff went two for three in save opportunities. Hitters carried a .219 average against him and he struck out 28 while walking 13 batters. This made for an efficient but not flashy start to the his pro career.

2017

Dylan Prohoroff’s success brought him a promotion to low a West Virginia of the South Atlantic League on April 5th. Continuing to work out of the bullpen Prohoroff has made 33 appearances this season.  The ERA has gone up considerably  and sits at 5.11. Hitters are now hitting  at a .250 clip against Prohoroff. He has also blown two saves in five attempts. On the positive side he has pitched more innings at 49.1 and has 52 strikeouts while walking 20.

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The negatives appear to outweigh the positives at least based on statistics. Dylan Prohoroff is 22 years old and appears to be short on time being a tad bit old for the Low-A level.

At a position with 13 of the top 30 prospects in the Pirates’ system, it seems easy to get lost in the shuffle. Dylan Prohoroff even pitching mostly in the bullpen looks very lost in that mix. A breakout season and fast is much-needed. Though with only pitching 78 innings it is still a bit early to know for sure what the Pirates have in Prohoroff.  This season may just be an outliner, but may require him to repeat West Virginia next season.