Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Best Second Halves Of 2023

These Pirates prospects had outstanding second halves to the 2023 season.
Jul 22, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Nick Gonzales (39) runs
Jul 22, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Nick Gonzales (39) runs / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Tres Gonzalez

Tres Gonzalez is our third and final member of the 2022 draft class. Gonzalez was drafted one round after Kennedy, going in the 5th round. Gonzalez is also our first and only unranked prospect on today's list. Despite no outlets ranking him as one of the Pirates' better prospects, his second half might put him on some radars.

Throughout the second half of 2023, Gonzalez batted .292/.406/.409. Gonzalez isn't known for his power and had an isolated slugging percentage of just .117. But he walked a whole lot and rarely struck out. His 15.2% walk rate is almost a mirror image of his 15.7% strikeout rate. Despite his lack of power, Gonzalez owned a .381 wOBA and 130 wRC+. He is the only batter of today's article that didn't have a wOBA of .400 or greater in the second half, though that's not a knock on Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was great in the second half of 2023, but give the first half of his season some respect. He still batted .287/.404/.397 with a .381 wOBA, and 127 wRC+. He struck out more often with a 19.3% strikeout rate but had a similar 15% walk rate and .111 isolated slugging percentage. Gonzalez's first-half numbers are extremely similar to his second-half numbers, but that doesn't take away from what he did after the All-Star Break.

The outfielder has decent speed and split his time around all three outfield positions for Greensboro. Gonzalez has a very good hit tool, an above-average runner, and a defender. But his arm is below average, while his power is well below average. Gonzalez offsets his weaknesses by drawing walks, hitting for a high BA, and keeping a very low strikeout rate. He could be an outfielder to watch next year for Altoona.