Pittsburgh Pirates: Ranking the Prospects Acquired This Offseason

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Eddy Yean

The headliner of the Bell trade was right-handed pitcher Eddy Yean who is currently ranked as the one of the Pirates’ top 10 prospects by MLB Pipeline and was one of the Nats’ top 10 organizational prospects on FanGraphs at the end of 2020.

Yean was signed out of the Dominican Republic. The right-hander made his debut in 2018, but put up pretty solid results with their Rookie-Ball and Low-A ball during 2019. Through 46.1 innings, Yean put up a 3.50 ERA, 3.44 FIP and 1.165 WHIP. Overall, Yean’s 22.6% strikeout rate doesn’t seem too great, but he put up a much healthier 24.7% rate at Rookie-Ball where most of his innings came from. Still, his 8.9% walk rate and .6 HR/9 were decent marks.

Yean’s pitch mix includes 3 offerings. His four seam fastball can reach into the upper’90’s, but usually sits around 91-95 MPH. Plus he has above average spin at 2350 RPM. Among his three pitches, it’s seen as his best with a 60-grade by both FanGraphs and MLB Pipeline. However both his curveball and changeup are seen as above average offerings in the future with 55-grades on FanGraphs.

2021 will be Yean’s age-20 season. He currently stands at 6’1″, 180 pounds. Yean could easily be part of the Pirates’ rotation within the next few seasons and potentially lock down a long term role.