Pittsburgh Pirates: Examining the First Two Months of 2021 Season

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MAY 20: Gregory Polanco #25 and Kevin Newman #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates react after their 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on May 20, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MAY 20: Gregory Polanco #25 and Kevin Newman #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates react after their 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on May 20, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 14: Miguel Yajure #89 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park on May 14, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

What does the rest of the season hold?

Barring a 2002 Oakland Athletics Moneyball or 2019 Washington Nationals turnaround, the Pittsburgh Pirates will likely continue with their rebuilding plan. This year isn’t a win-now season. The future is bright as many of their top prospects are performing well throughout the minor leagues.

However, I doubt the Pirates are as bad as their recent 6-17 record suggests. Throughout most of these 23 games, they’ve been without the likes of Moran, Phillip Evans, and haven’t seen Hayes since the beginning of the season.

Eventually, top pitching prospect Miguel Yajure, who showed a ton of promise throughout his first two starts of the year, will get a shot at regular playing time. We may also see Rodolfo Castro, Travis Swaggerty, Yerry De Los Santos, Nick Mears, Roansy Contreras, and Jose Soriano all on the same roster before the end of 2021.

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The best course of action is to stay on track with the plan set in place by general manager Ben Cherington. The Pittsburgh Pirates will sell some of their veteran players at the deadline, which could make even more room on the major league for more young talents in the minors. Right now, the focus should be the future, something the Pirates are set up to win for.

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