The Pittsburgh Pirates have yet to call up one of their premier position prospects. One of those prospects looks to be ready for Triple-A.
Everyone who is a Pittsburgh Pirates fan knows it is time for the Front Office to call up top prospect Oneil Cruz. Cruz has been lighting up Triple-A over the better part of the last month. Meanwhile, he would provide instant offense to a team that desperately needs it.
However, keeping Oneil Cruz down is also holding another important prospect back, Liover Peguero. The 21-year-old Peguero has been at Double-A for the entirety of the 2022 season and looks more than ready to make the jump to Triple-A. This will not happen of course until there is an opportunity for him to play every day. With Oneil Cruz on the Triple-A roster, it seems unlikely that opportunity would be there for Peguero.
Peguero hit his 5th home run of the season last night. He hit a deep flyball to center field and off the bat you could tell he did not get all of it. So how did he muscle it over the fence? Well, he got some help from the opposing center fielder:
What is even more ironic is that the outfielder was former Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand Chris Sharpe. Sharpe was let go from the Organization earlier this season and signed with the Phillies shortly after. Good to see that he still is trying to help out the Organization.
That home run capped off another big night for the Pittsburgh Pirates #5 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Peguero went 3-5 on the night in what would be a 5-2 victory for the Curve. He is now batting .298 on the season and still holding an OPS over .800. It is time to start promoting some of these higher-ranked prospects, a start would be with Cruz and Peguero.