Well, well, I’m back, people, and it feels really good to be back with Rum Bunter. A lot has happened over my four month hiatus, and I feel better than ever. Hopefully, now I can give you top-notch pieces about these Pittsburgh Pirates.
During my absence, MLB Pipeline released their top 100 prospects list, with four Pirates making said list. Those four players are Ke’Bryan Hayes (9), Nick Gonzales (43), Quinn Priester (52) and Oneil Cruz (64).
This article, however, is not about these four players, It’s about one player. A player which, according to MLB Pipeline, just missed the top 100 list. I’m talking about a young hotshot prospect from the Dominican Republic named Liover Peguero.
As we all know, Peguero was acquired along with Brennan Malone from Arizona in exchange for Starling Marte last offseason. A lot of people at the time were upset with the trade, but I think we will see this trade pan out eventually.
Here are Mike Rosenbaum’s thoughts in that MLB Pipeline article
“Signed for $475,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2017, Peguero had as much helium as any young prospect in Arizona’s system — he hit .326/.382/.485 while reaching Class A Short Season Hillsboro in 2019 at age 18 when the Pirates acquired him and right-hander, Brennan Malone, for Starling Marte a little more than a year ago. The 20-year-old shortstop fared well against advanced competition as the youngest participant at Pittsburgh’s alternate training site last year, showcasing a promising blend of hitting ability, speed, and defense at a premium position.”
You can read the full article here.
It is clear the Pittsburgh Pirates have high hopes for the now 20-year-old prospect. Not only did he receive an invite to the tema’s Taxi Squad in 2020, he has now earned an invite to MLB camp this spring.
With Ke’Bryan Hayes leaving the prospect list very soon,it would not be a surprise if we see Peguero enter the top 100 list sooner rather than later. Although the Pittsburgh Pirates have a log jam at the shortstop position we could see Peguero separate from the pack. Unless Cruz sticks at shortstop, which seems unlikely.
Again I can’t thank all of you guys enough for sending me messages and keeping in touch when I was gone. I know many of you were worried, and I want to express the utmost gratitude and want you to know I’m really happy to be back writing about prospects and the team I love the most!