Pittsburgh Pirates: Potential Top 100 Prospects By End Of 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Miguel Yajure #89 of the New York Yankees in action against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium on September 26, 2020 in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Marlins 11-4. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Miguel Yajure #89 of the New York Yankees in action against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium on September 26, 2020 in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Marlins 11-4. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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Honorable Mentions

There are a ton of Pirate prospects that we could see breakout and rise to spots on top 100 lists in baseball. So while Head, Malone, Peguero, Thomas and Yajure are some of the most prominent, there are other names that are worth mentioning.

Infielder Maikol Escotto

Maikol Escotto was another piece that was part of the Taillon trade. The 18-year-old hasn’t gotten much professional playing time, only collecting 218 plate appearances with the Yankees’ Domincan Summer League team, but he was very productive with them. He put up a .315/.429/.552 line and hit 8 home runs while having a .465 wOBA and 167 wRC+. He also showed some defensive versatility being a solid defender at second base, third base and shortstop.

Pitcher Eddy Yean

Eddy Yean was the headliner in the Josh Bell trade. So far, 2019 has been his best season with a rock solid 3.50 ERA, 3.44 FIP and 1.16 WHIP in 46.1 innings with the Washington Nationals’ Rookie-Ball and Low-A affiliates. While he hasn’t been overly impressive throughout the minors yet, he definitely has an impressive arsenal of pitches. FanGraphs grades his fastball with 60-grade potential with both his slider and change-up having 55-grade potential.

Pitcher Michael Burrows

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Burrows with their 11th round draft pick in 2018 and he got his professional career off with a bang, rattling off 14 scoreless innings. During 2019, he put up a 4.33 ERA, 3.54 FIP and 1.46 WHIP in 43.2 innings of work.

So far, Burrows hasn’t shown a strong ability of control, nor strong ability to miss bats, having a 21.3% strikeout rate and 9.8% walk rate. However, he’s only allowed two home runs. There’s also the possibility he gets moved to the pen as he doesn’t have a reliable third pitch right now. However, his fastball/curveball combo is very strong. His four seamer averaged 2550 RPM, which ranked 21st among all of FanGraphs’ listed prospects while his curveball came in with 2800 RPM, the 31st highest mark among all breaking pitches. Among Pirate pitching prospects, his fastball had the highest spin rate while his curve had the 4th highest breaking ball spin rate.

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Pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski

Carmen Mlodzinski was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates with their compensation pick last year. Overall, he was the 31st pick in the draft. While he didn’t have ace numbers in college, he still has three plus pitches according to MLB Pipeline with a 60-grade fastball and 55 grade curveball and change up.

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