Pittsburgh Pirates: 3 Pitching Prospects Looking to Bounce Back in 2024

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Po-Yu Chen, a 22-year-old left-handed pitcher from Taoyuan City, Taiwan, is an active player for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the High-A Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Standing at 6'2" and weighing 187 pounds, Chen has been making strides in the Pirates' minor league system, showcasing his versatility in both starting and relief roles.

In the 2023 MiLB season, Chen exhibited a mixed performance with a record of 5 wins and 8 losses. His earned run average (ERA) for the season was 4.44 in 25 games, with 24 starts. While notching 124 strikeouts in 119.2 innings, he faced challenges, as indicated by a 1.38 Walks plus Hits per Inning Pitched (WHIP). Despite the ups and downs, Chen's performance highlights his ability to contribute effectively on the mound. While 4.44 is not super good, it also is respectable for a pitcher who has limited experience in professional ball.

Examining his overall minor league career, Chen has accumulated 12 wins and 17 losses in 57 games, with 56 starts. His career ERA stands at 4.19, reflecting a consistent level of performance. Over 260.0 innings pitched, he has recorded 271 strikeouts, maintaining a solid strikeout rate. The career WHIP of 1.28 stands out as reason to believe he has the stuff to limit base runners.

As a young pitcher, Chen's journey involves growth and development, and his 2023 season provides valuable learning experiences. The Pittsburgh Pirates could call upon Chen at some time in 2024. However, he needs to get off to a good start to keep his arrow from heading in the wrong direction.