Pittsburgh Pirates: First Opening Day Roster Prediction of 2024

With the calendar now flipping to 2024, what could the Opening Day roster for the Pirates look like?

Sep 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Home plate  umpire Charlie Ramos (111) talks with
Sep 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Home plate umpire Charlie Ramos (111) talks with / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Catcher - Henry Davis, Jason Delay

With Endy Rodriguez set to miss the entire season due to Tommy John surgery, Henry Davis will be the primary catcher for the Pirates when the regular season begins. This is a huge opportunity for Davis who the Pirates selected no. 1 overall in 2021 to be the team's catcher of the future.

Davis made his MLB debut last season and was primarily a right fielder. Despite becoming to first, and still to this day only, player in MLB history to hit two home runs off of Shohei Ohtani in the same game, Davis struggled with just a .213/.302/.351 slash line and a 76 wRC+ last season. 2024 will be a massive season for Davis.

Jason Delay will be the likely backup for Davis. Delay was not great for the Pirates last season, but his .251/.319/.347 slash line and 82 wRC+ was good enough for a backup catcher. Delay also works well with his pitching staff and is a good defender. He should open up the season as the backup to Davis.