Pittsburgh Pirates: Five Prospects Who Can Make MLB Impact in 2022

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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Mar 1, 2021; Sarasota, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates Cal Mitchell (91) poses during media day at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: MLB Photos via USA Today Sports
Mar 1, 2021; Sarasota, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates Cal Mitchell (91) poses during media day at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: MLB Photos via USA Today Sports /

Outfielder Cal Mitchell

Outfielder Cal Mitchell is another player who was promoted to Indianapolis on Sunday evening. Coming out of the 2018 season Mitchell appeared to be a prospect ready to shoot up prospect boards and potentially push for top 100 status.

Mitchell then put together a good, but not great, season at High-A in 2019 when he hit for a .251/.304/.406 slash line to go with a 110 wRC+ in 493 plate appearances. After the COVID-19 pandemic axed the 2020 minor league season Mitchell became a bit of a forgotten prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system.

This season Mitchell made his Double-A debut having recorded 419 PAs in 108 games played with the Curve. Still just 22-years-old Mitchell hit for a .280/.330/.429 slash line to go with a .149 ISO And a 106 wRC+ with the Curve.

Mitchell is a left-handed hitter who was the 50th overall selection in the 2017 MLB Draft. He can also be a plus defender in the outfielder. He has the ability to play all three outfield spots, but with Reynolds seemingly having center field locked down for the foreseeable future right field could be the home for Mitchell before the end of the 2022 season.

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