Pittsburgh Pirates: Previewing High-A Greensboro’s Potential Starting Rotation

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The High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers should have one of the more talented starting rotations in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system in 2022

The Pittsburgh Pirates Low-A affiliate, the Bradenton Marauders, had an extremely talented pitching staff. Just to show how good they were, they had two pitchers who could have won their league’s pitcher of the year award, but neither is considered the highest ceiling prospects in the Pirates’ system or even on their own team. One did take home the award, and that was Adrian Florencio.

Next year, many of those pitchers will make their way up to the Pirates’ High-A affiliate, the Greensboro Grasshoppers. The Grasshoppers also saw their fair share of talented pitchers, with Quinn Priester, Carmen Mlodzinski, and Michael Burrows, just to name the most notable. This won’t change next year.

The Grasshoppers will have some of the highest ceiling prospects currently within the Pirates’ system. There’s a lot to look forward to at Greensboro next year, so what will the starting five potentially look like when the minor league season starts?