Pittsburgh Pirates 2021 Rum Bunter Staff Preview: Marty Leap

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 05: Manager Derek Shelton of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a spring training game at Phillies Spring Training Ball Park on March 05, 2021 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 05: Manager Derek Shelton of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a spring training game at Phillies Spring Training Ball Park on March 05, 2021 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /
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Mar 10, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Jared Oliva (14) celebrates with the bench after hitting a home run in the sixth inning during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Jared Oliva (14) celebrates with the bench after hitting a home run in the sixth inning during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports /

As the Rum Bunter staff continues to give their previews for the 2021 Pittsburgh Pirates next up is site co-expert Marty Leap

It has been discussed time and time again. During the 2020 season the Pittsburgh Pirates had a 19-41 record, which was the worst record in Major League Baseball. While having the worst record in baseball is never a good thing, it has put the Pirates in position to draft either Kumar Rocker or Jack Leiter with the number one overall pick in this summer’s draft.

With the start of the 2021 regular season now less than three weeks away, it is time to start making predictions for the 2021 Pittsburgh Pirates. While the team will finish with one of the worst records in MLB again, there are some reasons for optimism and excitment.

These Pittsburgh Pirates will be led by the new face of the franchise, third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes. By the end of the season highly touted prospects such as Blake Cederlind, Blake Weiman, Cody Bolton, Miguel Yajure, and potentially Oneil Cruz and Travis Swaggerty could all crack the Major League roster by the end of the regular season.

All of that said, let’s kick off the predictions with predicting who the MVP of the Pittsburgh Pirates will be this season.

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