Pittsburgh Pirates: 3 Prospects to be Excited About in 2022

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Shortstop Liover Peguero

Liover Peguero is in a weird spot, he is a good player and is producing for High-A Greensboro at just 20-years-old and is held high in the eyes of the organization, but plays shortstop which is the most crowded position within the Pittsburgh farm system.

Peguero was an international signing in 2017 by the Arizona Diamondbacks for $475,000 then he played in the Arizona DSL. In January of 2020, Brendan Malone and Liover were traded to the Buccos for cash and Starling Marte, a move that has yet to benefit the team directly in terms of production in the Majors, but I’m not complaining.

Although his power is nothing special at the moment, Liover is still a hitting machine and can go deep from time to time. This season Peguero hit .270/.332/.776 for the regular season with Greensboro and hit 14 HR, drove in 45 runs and stole 28 bases. His 28 steals were the second most in High-A behind teammate Lolo Sanchez.

Peguero’s speed is much needed and if he arrives in 2023 as his ETA says, he will join others who also blaze through the bases. Peguero does a little bit of everything, power, speed, and contact, he could use some more work at defense. Hopefully, the universal DH does come into effect because that will open up a spot for Peguero or Ji-Hwan Bae daily. After all, Oneil Cruz is supposed to take the shortstop position and as I said before, many capable players can lineup at shortstop at the Pittsburgh Pirates, including Bubba Chandler.

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There are many other prospects that you should be excited about, rookies and players who have been around for a couple of years. But these prospects are some of my favorites to cover and keep up with and I hope they excite you as well. I also encourage you to tell me your favorite prospect or prospects in the comment section.