Pittsburgh Pirates: 3 Prospects to be Excited About in 2022

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PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 18: Catcher Henry Davis, who was selected first overall in the 2021 MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates takes batting practice on the field after signing a contract with the Pirates at PNC Park on July 18, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 18: Catcher Henry Davis, who was selected first overall in the 2021 MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates takes batting practice on the field after signing a contract with the Pirates at PNC Park on July 18, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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The Pittsburgh Pirates are a minor league powerhouse and are set up for success in the future, here are three prospects that you should have high hopes for

The depth and talent of the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system has been discussed time and time again. While it may seem redundant to some, to many Pirate fans it is fun to discuss due to how bright the future is for the Pirate franchise.

Catcher Henry Davis

It should come as no surprise that Henry Davis is already one of the most anticipated Pirate prospects to arrive in the big leagues. The first overall pick from the 2021 MLB Draft skyrocketed as the Pittsburgh Pirates number one prospect without even playing a game in any part of the Pirates system. Davis’s ETA is set for 2025 so he won’t be seen for a while, but that doesn’t mean we can’t name him the future savior of the franchise, or am I getting ahead of myself?

What sticks out to fans and scouts is his immaculate arm strength which he uses to throw runners out on the basepath, which is graded a 70/80 by MLB.com, but some wonder if he will be playing catcher or not. His bat isn’t so bad either, the Louisville product batted .370/.482/.663 with 15 home runs during his last year of college ball and even torched the bases with 10 steals. While with the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Pittsburgh’s High-A affiliate, Davis’s time was short-lived but he did bat .308/.387/1.195 with 3 home runs, 7 RBI, a stolen base, and went 8-26 and putout 32 of the 34 batters he faced while allowing just one stolen base.

While the idea of him playing catcher is in everyone’s mind, maybe he could do what fellow catcher Endy Rodriguez does and play a little first base and outfield, he has the arm for it.

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