Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects Who Work Stoppage Could Hurt Most

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Shortstop Liover Peguero

Liover Peguero continues to shoot up prospect boards. Since being acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of the Starling Marte trade in February 2020, Peguero has become one of the top shortstop prospects in al of baseball.

With the High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers last season Peguero hit for a .270/.332/.444 slash line to go with a 108 wRC+. What was most encouraging was his developing power as he posted an isolated slugging (ISO) of .174 to go with 14 home runs and an 8.4% extra base hit rate.

Peguero projects as a plus defender at the shortstop position. If his offense continues to progress the way it did in the latter portion of the 2021 season, he could become a one of the top shortstops in the National League one day in the not so distant future.

Like Swaggerty, Peguero was added to the 40-man roster back in December in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Due to this Peguero would not be able to play in minor league games during a work stoppage.

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The right-handed hitting Peguero is slated to make his Double-A debut in 2022 and could find himself at Triple-A before the end of the season. This would set Peguero up to make his MLB debut at 23-years-old in 2023. However, if Peguero loses games and ABs due to the work stoppage, it would do him no good.