Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Best Player at Each Level

Altoona Curve starting pitcher Roansy Contreras throws against the Erie SeaWolves on June 15, 2021, at UPMC Park in Erie.P6seawolves061521
Altoona Curve starting pitcher Roansy Contreras throws against the Erie SeaWolves on June 15, 2021, at UPMC Park in Erie.P6seawolves061521 /
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Altoona Curve pitcher Roansy Contreras as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies hosted Altoona on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The Ponies lost to the Curve, with a score of 5-0. /

Double-A Altoona Curve – Pitcher Roansy Contreras

Picking who was the best player at Double-A was hard. You could make a very good case for Oneil Cruz, Mason Martin, and Canaan Smith-Njigba to be here. That trio of batters have all had great seasons at Altoona this year. Ultimately, I chose to go with Roansy Contreras. Contreras was acquired as part of the Jameson Taillon trade and he’s been flat-out dominant since arriving with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 46 innings, the right-hander has a 2.35 ERA, 2.39 FIP and 0.91 WHIP. Contreras has struck out 35.5% of all the batters he has faced. His overall stuff has looked better this year, throwing in the 96-97 MPH range rather than the 92-94 MPH range he sat around when he was a New York Yankee prospect. Plus his breaking pitch has looked much sharper. However, all this improvement hasn’t come at the cost of his control. He has walked just 6% of all the batters he’s faced, a 0.7% decrease from 2019.

Home runs have been a non-issue. He’s surrendered just 3, mainly due to his amazing batted rates. Not only is he inducing ground balls over 50% of the time (52%), he’s preventing line drives, posting an 11% line drive rate. Contreras has missed the last few weeks, but is up and throwing again. Though he should be back in regular action very soon.

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