Three Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects Named FSL All-Stars

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have had three prospects named Florida State League Season Long All-Stars.

The awards keep rolling in for Pittsburgh Pirates prospects as three players from the Bradenton Marauders were recognized on the full season all-star team. Shortstop Cole Tucker, outfielder Logan Hill, and pitcher Pedro Vasquez represent the Pittsburgh Pirates as Florida State League entrants on the list.

We will start by taking a look at former first round pick Cole Tucker.

Cole Tucker

It is no surprise that Cole Tucker is on the list. Tucker, making his second Florida State League All-Star team of the year, played in 68 games with the Marauders. With Bradenton Tucker hit .285 with 4 home runs and a career best 32 RBI. Speed helped Tucker this year as he swiped 36 bags, while only getting caught 12 times. This mark leads the league by four. Tucker was called up to Altoona on July

Speed helped Tucker this year as he swiped 36 bags, while only getting caught 12 times. This mark leads the league by four. Tucker was called up to Altoona on July 20.

For the Curve, Tucker is swinging the stick to the tune of a .236 batting average with a lone homer and 14 RBI in 36 games. While adjustments need to be made before he hits Pittsburgh, the kid has time at age 21. Plus, Tucker’s stock has risen as a top 30 Pirate Prospect. During the preseason he ranked seventh, now he’s up to fifth.  His season extends itself with an invention to the Arizona Fall League.

Logan Hill

Logan Hill found his power stroke in Florida as 16 balls went out of the yard from Hill’s bat during his time with Bradenton. He tied Peter Alonso for the league lead in that category. A .266 average and 52 RBI accompany the 16 dingers. Hill’s reward for these numbers was a trip to Altoona. Now with the Curve, he is hitting .278 with two homers and 19 RBI. Hill is having a solid year and good to see him recognized for it. If the power continues to develop he could be in Pittsburgh as a fourth outfielder, or maybe more. Like Tucker, Hill is going to the Arizona Fall League for further hacks.

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Pedro Vasquez

Pedro Vasquez came was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Arquimedes Caminero. The right-handed pitcher has gone 9-6 with a 3.37 ERA in 25 games with 23 being starts. Vasquez has thrown 133.2 innings with105 strikeouts and 30 walks allowed. Hitters average .243 against him. While the average and ERA is up, Vasquez has pitched a good deal more this season than the past. I think Vasquez is an arm to watch with some up side, even if it’s not as an elite talent it could be useable in the future. Most Likely in the bullpen.

Vasquez has thrown 133 2/3 innings with105 strikeouts and 30 walks allowed. Hitters own an average of .243 against him. While the batting average against and ERA are up, Vasquez has pitched a good deal more this season than the past. I think Vasquez is an arm to watch with some up side, even if it’s not elite talent it could be useable in the future. Most Likely in the bullpen.

It has been a strong season for the team as well as they sit at 67-59, as of August 29. It is contributors such as those all-stars that made the difference this season.