5 non-top prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system who are having sneaky good years

The Pirates have many top prospects in their system having good seasons, but they also have a handful of non-top prospects having good years as well.
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Dominic Perachi

The Pirates drafted southpaw Dominic Perachi out of the Division III program at Salve Regina University in the 11th round of the 2022 draft. So far, he’s shown some talent and has been dominating batters at High-A Greensboro. While he struggled during his brief time at Altoona, he could soon get the bump back to Double-A.

Through 46.2 innings, Perachi has worked to the tune of a 1.93 ERA, 2.90 FIP, and 0.92 WHIP. He’s posting a respectable 26.2% strikeout rate and 8.8% walk rate, but has yet to allow a home run. His fly ball rate is a hair under 30% at 29.7% and he is carrying a quality 47.7% ground ball rate so far.

Last year, Perachi sat around 89 MPH with his fastball, topping out at 93.5 MPH. He throws two breaking pitches, including a mid-70s curveball with nearly 60 inches of drop and a foot of horizontal break. His low-80s slider has similar horizontal movement but around 45-50 inches of drop. Perachi’s mid-80s changeup has around a foot of break and 27-30 inches of drop.

The first go-around at Double-A for Perachi didn’t go so well. He only pitched 11 innings but allowed six earned runs, walked seven batters, and gave up a home run. With how well Perachi has done since returning to Greensboro, the Pirates will likely give him another shot sometime in the near future to see if he can handle the jump from High-A to Double-A.