Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Overlooked Players Entering 2022

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Anthony Alford #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the San Diego Padres at PNC Park on April 13, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Anthony Alford #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the San Diego Padres at PNC Park on April 13, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 29: Rodolfo Castro #64 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on July 29, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 29: Rodolfo Castro #64 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on July 29, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Infielder Rodolfo Castro

Infield prospect Rodolfo Castro made his MLB debut with the Pirates last summer and quickly made history. The switch hitting Castro set a new MLB record with his first 5 MLB hits all being home runs.

Overall, Castro struggled with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2021. Castro hit for a .198/.285/.395 slash line in 93 PAs with the Bucs. His wRC+ was 75, he struck out in 29.0% of his trips to the plate and Castro did not hit a home run after his first 5 MLB hits.

With his struggles Castro spent the final month plus of the season at the Triple-A level.

Despite the struggles, Castro could still have a big future with the Pirates. He could play third base, shortstop, or second base. Castro could also benefit from the universal designated hitter that is most likely coming as a part of the new CBA.

The 22-year-old Castro will likely start the 2022 season back at Indy. Especially with him originally skipping the Triple-A level and being just 22-years-old. The young infielder remains one of the best raw power hitters in the Pirate farm system. This could lead to Castro, despite quickly becoming overlooked, playing a big role with the Pirates both during the 2022 season and beyond.

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