Pittsburgh Pirates: Projecting Starting Rotation at the End of 2022

May 14, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Miguel Yajure (89) delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
May 14, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Miguel Yajure (89) delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 14, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bryse Wilson (48) delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bryse Wilson (48) delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Bryse Wilson

Bryse Wilson was part of the package for Richard Rodriguez. Wilson was once a high ranking prospect in the Atlanta Braves’ system. At the end of 2018, MLB Pipeline ranked him as the team’s 9th best prospect. Pretty decent considering the 8 prospects before him were top 100 prospects by their measure.

Wilson has pitched solid in the 3 games he’s played with the Pittsburgh Pirates so far. He’s given up 8 earned runs in 15 innings of work, but 4 of those runs came in his most recent game. He has a solid 8/3 K/BB ratio as well. All 2 of his home runs given up came in his last outing.

Wilson only throws in the 93-95 MPH range, but he has a good feel for where his offering is going. He also throws a sinker, changeup, curveball, and slider with regularity. None of his offerings are over-the-top elite-level given his lack of velocity, spin rate, or break. But his 60-projected command help them play up.

Wilson has looked outstanding as a Pirate so far. He never got a good, long look in the major leagues by the Braves. Before this year, the most innings he threw in the major leagues from 2018 through 2020 was 20. Maybe all Wilson needed was consistent playing time, knowing he’d get a fair shot in order to find success.

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