Right-handed pitcher Adrian Florencio
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Adrian Florencio in the 2018-2019 offseason. Florencio’s first season in 2019 wasn’t great. He had a 4.75 ERA, 5.93 FIP, and 1.58 WHIP in 47.1 innings of work. Despite his bumps in his first taste of professional action, this past year has been quite good.
Florencio has a 2.53 ERA, 3.24 FIP, and 1.07 WHIP through 89 innings. The right-hander has struck out over 30% of batters faced this year (30.9%) while having a solid 7.8% walk rate. Home runs haven’t been an issue for him either. His 0.51 HR/9 rate second best mark among Pittsburgh Pirates minor league pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched.
He isn’t getting a ton of ground balls, but his 39.2% ground ball rate could be worse. 32.5% of his fly balls are infield flies. Line drives have been his biggest issue. He needs to lower his 24.5% rate. That’s much higher than you’d like to see from a pitcher, but his batted ball rates are the only poor part of his season so far.
He 22-year-old isn’t ranked by either FanGraphs’ list (which has an impressive 63 players on) nor is he on MLB Pipeline’s top 30 list. Florencio works in the 93-95 MPH range with his fastball while also throwing in a slider and curveball. He gets a lot of swings and misses, evident by his high strikeout rate.
Florencio is a big guy. He stands at 6’6, 205 pounds. He might not have the highest ceiling in the Pirates’ farm system, but he has a lot going for him. Could end up as a quality major league arm. A possible move to the bullpen could see him gain a few MPH of velocity as well.