Pittsburgh Pirates: Liover Peguero Exits Game With Apparent Injury

Apr 28, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington observes batting practice from the dugout before the game against the Kansas City Royals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington observes batting practice from the dugout before the game against the Kansas City Royals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Pittsburgh Pirates saw one of their more promising prospects leave the field early today.

Pittsburgh Pirates’ top prospect Liover Peguero was pulled from his most recent game at High-A Greensboro with an apparent injury. After sliding into third base on an attempted steal, the promising young infielder was pulled from the game with Francisco Acuna replacing him.  Acuna ended the game going 0-2 with a walk and strikeout in place for Peguero.

This is obviously a very disappointing development as Peguero is seen as one of the team’s best prospects. Currently, FanGraphs ranks him as the Bucs’ sixth best prospect and the 111th best prospect in all of baseball. Meanwhile, MLB Pipeline lists him as the Pirates’ fifth best prospect and one prospect who just missed out of their top 100 as well.  Overall, he’s not a household name, but a very highly touted one by many experts.  For example, Baseball America even drew similarities in his swing to Ronald Acuna Jr. when he was the same age as Peguero:

Peguero was the main piece going to the Pirates in the Starling Marte trade and got off to a blazing hot start with the Greensboro Grasshoppers. He had already had seven hits in his first 20 trips to the plate including two home runs.  Hopefully, it’s more of a precautionary measure, and won’t develop into a Ke’Bryan Hayes situation.

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Peguero, with a hot start, could have found himself in Double-A Altoona at the end of the year and depending on the injury, this could be delayed.  Along with Nick Gonzales at second base, the Greensboro middle infield represents what should be the Pittsburgh Pirates middle infield for years to come.  Stay tuned to the site and the twitter for any update on Liover Peguero, as hopefully this injury is of the short term variety.

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