Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Examining How Newcomers Have Performed

BRADENTON, FLORIDA - MARCH 16: Kyle Nicolas #95 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a picture during the 2022 Photo Day at LECOM Park on March 16, 2022 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
BRADENTON, FLORIDA - MARCH 16: Kyle Nicolas #95 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a picture during the 2022 Photo Day at LECOM Park on March 16, 2022 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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Outfielder Connor Scott

Connor Scott was a first-round draft pick by the Marlins in 2018. The highly athletic outfielder had a quality 2021 campaign. He ended the season on a good note, and he’s shown some of that ability in 2022.

Last season, the outfield prospect hit .276/.333/.446 with a .348 wOBA and 112 wRC+ with the Marlin High-A affiliate. While he only had a 7.1% walk rate and 21.1% strikeout rate, it was far away his best season. Much of Scott’s production was in the second half of the season. From July 25th onward, he had a .913 OPS, .398 wOBA, and 144 wRC+.

Scott has continued to put up pretty similar numbers to his 2021 campaign. In 102 plate appearances, Scott has hit .286/.350/.407 with a .343 wOBA and 114 wRC+. He’s walking slightly more with a 7.8% walk rate, plus he is striking out just a bit less at 20.6%.

Scott is fast and has a decent glove. He’s a potential long-term option in center field for the Bucs. His hit tool is a big question mark, though. He doesn’t walk a whole lot, and he doesn’t put up extremely low K-rates. But he has solid power, and even if he hits .240, he’ll be productive enough, considering he could be a 15-18 home run center fielder.