The Pittsburgh Pirates deep system has a ton of young prospects, many of which haven’t played a full season. Which prospects can benefit the most from a regular campaign?
The Pittsburgh Pirates have a ton of young talent. A lot of that talent has already gotten their fair share of minor league games in. Nick Gonzales played a mostly full season this season, Liover Peguero played a full season at High-A (with Gonzales) and rose up through the prospect rankings, and Oneil Cruz already had built up his prospect status, just to keep building this year.
But there are some prospects that haven’t gotten a full season’s worth of playing time yet in the minor leagues. This mostly consists of high school level picks from their last few drafts, as well as very young internationally signed prospects, and ones who haven’t had the best injury luck. Many of these young prospects who have barely gotten their feet wet would greatly benefit from regular playing time across an entire campaign.
To make things a bit more clear, I’m looking at prospects who aren’t necessarily considered the cream of the crop already. If someone like Henry Davis, who only has 8 professional games with the Pittsburgh Pirates under his belt, comes out of the gates red hot, his value will increase, but not to a major degree because he is already conisdered one of the best prospects in baseball. I’m looking at players who have the potential to rise up the rankings ala Roansy Contreras going from a projected mid-to-back of the rotation arm to a top 50 prospect with low-end #1 starting pitcher talent.
I also want to keep this to players who have yet to play very much in their professional careers. So while a guy like Jose Soriano may also greatly benefit from a full 2022 campaign in the minors, he’s already pitched 241.1 innings professionally. So with that made clear, what prospects have the most to gain the most from a full season.