Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: 3 Players to Watch at Triple-A

Altoona's Cal Mitchell (5) reacts to a call as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies lost to the Altoona Curve, 5-0, at the Ponies home opener on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.
Altoona's Cal Mitchell (5) reacts to a call as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies lost to the Altoona Curve, 5-0, at the Ponies home opener on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. /
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Mar 20, 2018; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bligh Madris (90) celebrates his home run in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports /

Outfielder Bligh Madris

Bligh Madris is another player who has the potential to be a strong fourth outfielder in the majors.  The left-handed hitter spent the majority of the 2021 season at the Triple-A level and put up overall strong numbers for the Indians.

In 385 PAs across 104 games played at Indy, Madris hit for a .272/.352/.434 slash line to go with a 111 wRC+. He hit 9 home runs, collected 35 extra base hits, walked in 10.4% trips to the plate, and stuck out just 18.4% of time which is better than league average.

Even if the Major League season starts on time the soon to be 26-year-old Madris will likely start the 2022 season at Triple-A. However, as was mentioned with Mitchell, the Pirates have plenty of outfield questions ahead of 2022 which could open the door for Madris at some point.

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Madris has always produced in the minors. Despite this he continues to be an overlooked player in the Pirate farm system. 2022 could be the year that Madris finally makes his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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