Pittsburgh Pirates: Prospects Who Need Promoted This Month

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 16: Mike Burrows #50 of the National League pitches during the fifth inning of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game against the American League at Dodger Stadium on July 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 16: Mike Burrows #50 of the National League pitches during the fifth inning of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game against the American League at Dodger Stadium on July 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /
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BRADENTON, FLORIDA – MARCH 16: Endy Rodriguez #80 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: Endy Rodriguez #80 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) /

Catcher Endy Rodriguez

Endy Rodriguez is the hottest prospect in the Pirate farm system right now. He has 85 PAs in 19 games played since being promoted to Double-A, and has hit for a .361/.459/.806 slash line to go with a 232 wRC+ and 16 extra base hits. He’s also already thrown out seven attempted base stealers.

Since the end of the All-Star Break, so dating back to July 22nd, Rodriguez has 143 PAs between Double-A and High-A. In these 143 PAs Rodriguez has hit for a .398/.497/.864 slash line, posting a 15.4% walk rate, just an 11.9% walk rate and a 252 wRC+.

The Pittsburgh Pirates should reward Rodriguez’s tremendous play with a promotion to the majors. The current catching situation for the Pirates being a mess should be a factor in the equation as well.

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A catcher by trait, Rodriguez is a plus athlete who can also play the corner outfield positions, second base, and first base. With Henry Davis also in Altoona, Rodriguez’s future in the majors could be as a super utility man who has the ability to catch once or twice a week as well. Most of his prospect value comes from his bat, regardless of position, and the Pirates should look to get his bat a chance against MLB pitching this month.

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