Pittsburgh Pirates 21-25 Prospects: Final Season Stat Lines
We have looked at the Pittsburgh Pirates top minor league prospects season stat lines. So far we have looked at prospects ranked 1-20. Here are prospects 21-25:
21. Conner Uselton, Outfielder, Gulf Coast League
Conner Uselton was the Pittsburgh Pirates final draft pick on Day one of the MLB draft in 2017. He was the number 72 overall pick after MLB Pipeline had him ranked as the 46th best prospect in the draft. Statistically speaking, Uselton had a very strong start to his Pittsburgh Pirates career at the Gulf Coast Level. He had a ..429 batting average along with a .571 slugging percentage. Unfortunately, he did this in only two games and seven at-bats. He had three hits including one double and one RBI. The limited actions occurred because he was placed on the 60-Day disabled list after he was unable to work through a nagging hamstring issue. Is Uselton the next in the long line of Pittsburgh Pirates upside outfield prospects with hamstring issues? Hopefully not.
22. Braeden Ogle, Left-Handed Starting Pitcher, Short-Season A Bristol
Braeden Ogle was the Pittsburgh Pirates fourth-round pick in 2016. The Florida native pitched exclusively in the Gulf Coast League in 2016. He had the best season out of the top three prep arms from the 2016 draft class (MacGregor and Kranick, both mentioned in earlier updates). He made 10 starts in Short-Season A ball. Furthermore, he posted 43 innings and was charged with 15 earned runs for an ERA of 3.14. Also, he held opponents to a .242 batting average. He struck out 35 batters and walked 16. Both of these numbers were better than last season. His K/9 innings went from 6.5 to 7.3 while his BB/9 dropped from 3.58 to 3.35.
23. Yeudy Garcia, Right-Handed Relief Pitcher, Altoona Curve
Garcia started the year as a starter for the Altoona Curve. The power pitcher entered the year with questions about his ability to throw consistent strikes and have a quality third pitch. Well, he was not able to do either very well as a starter. He made 11 starts for the Curve and had an earned run average of 6.11. In his 44 innings, he walked 28 batters and had a WHIP of 1.82. The Pittsburgh Pirates decided to move Garcia to the bullpen where he found a lot more success. He threw 30.2 innings and struck out 30 batters. He also had an ERA of 2.93 as a reliever.
24. Gage Hinsz, Right-Handed Starting Pitcher, Bradenton Marauders
The 2014 11th round pick had his worst season of his Pittsburgh Pirates minor league career this season. Hinsz made 19 starts and one relief appearance for the Marauders. He compiled a 5-5 record while accumulating and earned run average of 5.61. He threw a career-high 94.2 innings, and only stuck out 52 batters while walking 31. Batters put up an average of .296 while he owned a WHIP of 1.51.
25. Kevin Krause, Outfielder and Catcher, Bradenton Marauders
Kevin Krause is one of the Pittsburgh Pirates prospects that we here at Rum Bunter are very high on. Krause played in 86 games for the Bradenton Marauders. The Stoney Brooke University alumni played 64 games in right field, 12 games behind the plate, and 10 games as the designated hitter or as the pinch-hitter. Krause had a slash-line of .276/.370/.459. Obviously, his batting average is nothing to get overly excited about. However, he did put up 18 doubles, 10 home runs, and three triples (30 extra base hits) in just 86 games. Furthermore, he walked 40 times while only striking out 47 times. He also grabbed seven stolen bases, showing he is somewhat athletic as well.