Previously, we went over who was the best in each tool for every Pittsburgh Pirate position player. Now, let’s go over who has the best tools among pitchers.
Every prospect is given grades for their tools. For position players, they’re given tools for their hit, power, fielding, arm, and base running. For pitchers, they’re given grades for their pitches, and their control or command.
As I did previously with the position players, let’s go over the Pittsburgh Pirates best prospects in terms of tool grades. This time, we will take a look at the team’s pitching prospects. Like before, all grades are on a scale where 50 is average. Anything above or below that are above/below average. 60 and above is considered elite, while anything 40 or below is considered bad/non-prospect.
MLB Pipeline gives a grade for each tool and so does FanGraphs along with a future grade that projects what it will be like by the time they make the majors. Players on both MLB Pipeline’s Pittsburgh Pirates top prospects list and FanGraphs’ list will be weighed more heavily than ones on just one or the other. So with that, let’s get into our first pitching tool.