This will be a somewhat new type of article to the site as we take a look at each level of the Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League system and who performed best in that month. Of course, this group will be representing the month of April. One other note that will be included is the games that the prospects really broke out in.
The first is of course right-handed pitcher Luis Ortiz. I wrote about Ortiz the other day so I will keep this brief. Ortiz had an impressive cap-of-coffee at the Big League level in 2022. So far he has answered all the questions that remained after his 2022 Major League breakout. He also has answered any questions about how he would perform after being demoted to Triple-A.
Well, Ortiz has been flat-dominant this season for the Indianapolis Indians. On the year he has made 6 starts and owns a 2.45 earned run average. One different detail that stood out to me when looking at the numbers for Ortiz was his ground ball rate. In his Minor League career, his ground ball rates were in the 40s. This year it is at about 55%. This suggests that Ortiz is working on inducing more weak contact as we have seen from the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff.