Even if regular season games are lost to MLB’s work stoppage most minor league players will still be able to play. Some, however, will not be able to play, and this could negatively impact some prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system.
As Major League Baseball’s work stoppage carries on fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the rest of baseball, are left yearning baseball. While some progress has been made in CBA negotiations, such as the implementation of the universal DH starting this season, both sides appear to be a good ways away from agreeing to a deal.
While MLB commissioner Rob Manfred remains optimistic that the regular season will begin on time, there is almost a zero percent chance of spring training beginning on time. After all, pitchers and catchers across baseball typically begin to report to spring training in mid-February.
If the regular season does not begin on time this will not impact the minor league schedule. Minor league teams will still play even if here is still a work stoppage for MLB players. However, any prospects who are on 40-man rosters will not be able to compete in minor league games.
Due to this, the lockout could have a negative impact on some Pittsburgh Pirates prospects. Which prospects could be impacted negatively the most? We will delve into that today.