Notable Pirate prospects who will make their professional debut in 2024

Two of the Pirates' top prospects will make their pro debut this season.

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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Brayln Brazoban

The Pirates’ top international signing from this off-season was Brayln Braozban, an outfielder out of the Dominican Republic. He inked a signing bonus worth $2 million to join the Bucs. Brazoban was ranked as the Pirates’ 24th-best prospect by Baseball America, and there’s certainly a lot of talent within the left-handed batter.

Brazoban has the potential to be a plus-power hitter. At 6’1”, 180-LBS, he has some projectability left, especially considering he just turned 17 in September. He’s lean and could grow into his power. Perfect Game states that he hit for an 88 MPH exit velocity in 2022. Brazoban is a good runner with the potential to remain in center field long-term. He hasn’t shown off a Roberto Clemente cannon on his shoulder, but he doesn’t have trouble making throws from the outfield.

Reviews on Brazoban’s hit tool are mixed. MLB Pipeline thinks it’s an above-average part of his game, but Baseball America is less bullish on his hit tool, as they see it as his worst tool. Brazoban’s swing is a little long, which could lead to some issues down the line. His profile is definitely more power over hit as of this point in his game.

Brazoban will make his debut at the Dominican Summer League, and seeing how he can handle professional-level pitching will be interesting. Brazoban could become the Pirates’ best outfield prospect within the next few seasons if he develops as hoped. Only time will tell, but I am looking forward to his DSL play.

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