The next part in our series of grading Pittsburgh Pirates positions from the 2021 season is the outfield
Having an elite outfielder makes watching any team instantly more fun. Guys who can make sensational plays on balls and then go to the plate and knock one out of the park are great. For a bottom-feeder team like the Pittsburgh Pirates, they need all the talent they can get. Luckily, they have a built in all-star out there to help accelerate the rebuild.
In part two of the player grades series, I will be assessing and grading the outfielders for the Pirates. Part one, grading the infielders and catchers on the Pirate roster, can be found here.
With injuries and roster moves changing the landscape of the outfield all the way back to Opening Day, only four players ended up qualifying for a player grade. To qualify, the player must currently be on the Pirate 40-man roster and have played 35+ games with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
As an aside, Gregory Polanco made 107 appearances in the outfield for the Pittsburgh Pirates but was released and signed by the Toronto Blue Jays. Jared Oliva made 20 appearances for the Pirates but didn’t have enough to qualify. He also likely doesn’t figure into the Pirates’ future plans.
Without further ado, let us get to grading the Pirate outfielders.