Pittsburgh Pirates 2023 Minor League Players of the Year: High-A Greensboro

These two players put together a strong season for the High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers this season
Notre Dame's Jack Brannigan (9) celebrates after hitting a homer that put the Fighting Irish in the
Notre Dame's Jack Brannigan (9) celebrates after hitting a homer that put the Fighting Irish in the / Jamar Coach/News Sentinel / USA TODAY
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Best pitcher - Jack Brannigan

Like Harrington, Jack Brannigan started his season with Low-A Bradenton. However, after hitting for a .253/.398/.451 slash line with a 135 wRC+ at Bradenton, Brannigan was promoted to Greensboro. Brannigan's success did not just carry over to Greensboro, he improved.

In 173 plate appearances with the Grasshoppers, Brannigan hit for a .299/.382/.605 slash line with a 159 wRC+. Brannigan drew walks at a 12.1% rate, but his 33.5% strikeout rate was higher than you would like to see.

The biggest positive for Brannigan this season was his power. He hit 12 home runs, 7 doubles, and a triple with Greensboro. This led to Brannigan posting an outstanding .306 isolated slugging (ISO) with the Grasshoppers.

Currently, Brannigan is playing for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. This should even further improve how prepared Brannigan is for the 2024 season. Brannigan will be 23 when the season begins and should begin the season with Double-A Altoona. Even if he is back in Greensboro, it should not take him long to get to Altoona.

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