Perhaps the most disappointing display came from Quinn Priester, who initially appeared to be on track for a solid outing before getting blown up in the sixth inning. Manager Derek Shelton's decision to leave Priester on the mound against the heart of the opposing team's lineup has been heavily scrutinized, leading to questions about his handling of young pitchers.
These struggles have become all too familiar for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the fanbase.
While other teams' top prospects seem to seamlessly transition into the majors and find success, the Pirates often find themselves wondering why their young hitters seem lost at the plate and their touted pitching prospects fail to live up to the hype.
Adding to the team's tough, they faced a brutal two-game series against the Guardians, where they were hammered 21-1. Such a lopsided defeat not only stung the players and fans but also took place in front of the Pirates' first overall selection, Paul Skenes. It was a moment meant to showcase the potential of the organization, but instead, it highlighted the team's struggles and lack of competitiveness.
As the losses mount and the struggles persist, it becomes clear that someone must be held accountable for the embarrassing performances. While it's easy to point fingers at the young prospects, the responsibility ultimately falls on the coaching staff and management. Developing top-tier prospects into successful major leaguers is a must for the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization.