5 Pittsburgh Pirates prospects to watch at the Florida Complex League

Much of the Pittsburgh Pirates' talent is in the low-levels of the minor leagues, so who are some Florida Complex League prospects to watch this year?
Aug 28, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, US; West pitcher Zander Mueth (13) during the Perfect Game
Aug 28, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, US; West pitcher Zander Mueth (13) during the Perfect Game / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Jhonny Severino

Around the time the Pirates acquired Suero, they also acquired infielder Jhonny Severino. Severino headed to Pittsburgh from the Milwaukee Brewers in a one-for-one swap for veteran first baseman Carlos Santana. Another teenage prospect with a ton of raw potential, Severino will get his first extended look in the Pirates' system this year.

The 19-year-old batted .259/.302/.586 with a .379 wOBA, and 104 wRC+ through 63 plate appearances with the Pirates' and Brewers' complex league affiliates. Severino hit five home runs and had a .328 isolated slugging percentage. He also only struck out 11 times, but only had two base on balls.

Severino has the potential to be a plus power hitter. He's 6 foot 2, 185 pounds, and has used that frame to produce some hard-hit baseballs. But the downside is that he doesn't have the best approach. He was overly aggressive last year, which led to just his pair of walks in over 60 plate appearances. While he didn't strike out much, his pitch selection will need to improve.

Severino has seen time at shortstop, second base, and third base. He's already not a great runner, and by the time he fills out, might be fringy at best. The arm is above average, however, so he could move over to the hot corner as he matures. If the athleticism sticks, he might even be able to move to left field.