Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Minor League Statistical Leaders

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.
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. /
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JULY 21: The socks of Adam Frazier #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates as he stands on first base during the seventh inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 21, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

On-Base Percentage
Matthew Fraizer
.388

Among the Pittsburgh Pirates breakout players throughout the farm system, none had one as good as Matthew Fraizer did. The outfielder went into 2021 as a light-hitting, speedy outfielder. While he kept the speedy outfielder part of his description, he was far from just a light-hitting bat.

Throughout 499 plate appearances at High-A and Double-A, Fraizer put up a .306/.388/.552 with a .402 wOBA, and 149 wRC+. He also slammed 23 total home runs, which also led all Pirates. Fraizer’s big power output was reflected in his .242 isolated slugging percentage.

Fraizer also displayed solid plate discipline, having a 21.6% strikeout rate and 11.2% walk rate, which led to a fantastic OBP. The speed he was known for was still there with 15 stolen bases. Fraizer managed a ground ball rate of just 37.2% while having a solid 22.5% line drive rate. His 40.5% flyball rate was the likely source of his big power boost.

Given his solid production at Double-A and 2022 being his age-24 season, Fraizer will surely get a shot in the major leagues next season, barring injury or a sudden drop in performance. His outstanding season put him on MLB Pipeline’s prospect map as he is currently ranked as their 23rd best prospect.

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