Tyler Samaniego may have the highest ceiling of any Pirate pitching prospect in the AFL. The 24-year-old lefty entered the 2023 season as one of the more intriguing relief pitching prospects in the farm system. Even his overall numbers seemed poor, as you can read here Samaniego pitched better than his overall results and to some extent was victimized by bad luck.
Entering play on November 1st, Samaniego had pitched 6.1 innings out of the Rafter bullpen. In these 6.1 innings he had allowed 7 hits, no home runs, walked 5 batters, and struck out 8 on his way to posting a 4.26 ERA.
Samaniego has the stuff to be a good major league relief pitcher in a year or two. Hopefully, he can continue to improve throughout the rest of the AFL season to finish 2023 on a high note and propel him into a strong 2024.