Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Prospects To Keep An Eye On In 2021

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Rodolfo Nolasco

Signed out of the Dominican Republic, Rodolfo Nolasco is one of the organization’s outfield prospects that we could see turn into a power hitter in the near future. Nolasco got his professional career off to a good start in 2019.

Through 225 plate appearances during the Dominican Summer League, Nolasco hit .302/.373/.472 with a .405 wOBA and 133 wRC+. Impressively at only 17, Nolasco was putting up a strikeout rate below 15% at just 11.6%.

According to MLB Pipeline, Nolasco is a “ripped and lean and can really impact the ball from the right side of the plate”. Nolasco’s hit tool has been given a 50 future grade by FanGraphs, but is considered to have some solid power. His game power and raw power grades both have a future 55. He also isn’t a slow runner with a current 50 speed grade, and his fielding isn’t bad either. Fangraphs has his fielding at a future of 50 with a stronger arm at 55.

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2020 would have been his age 18 season, so Nolasco still has a handful of years to go. FanGraphs, who ranks him as the team’s 19th best prospect, gives him an ETA of 2023. Still, given his talent, he could be a fast-riser through the minors.