Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Checking in on Two Teenagers Acquired at the Trade Deadline

How are the two newest additions to the FCL Pirates performing thus far?

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Outfielder Estuar Suero

Just 17-years-old, the switch-hitting Suero may have the higher ceiling of the two players. He already ranks as the 15th best prospect in the Pirate farm system per FanGraphs. Keep in mind, FanGraphs ranks the Pirate farm system as the best in baseball so being a top 15 organizational prospect according to FanGraphs is not easy to accomplish.

FanGraphs gives Suero a 40 grade fielding tool, 45 grade raw power tool, and a 60 grade speed tool. Suero checks in with a future value of 40+, putting him on a tier above Severino in FanGraphs prospect rankings.

Suero has been a regular in the FCL Pirate lineup since being acquired. He has hit for a .227/.370/.318 slash line with a 94 wRC+. Suero has yet to flash much power with an .094 ISO and just one extra base hit (a triple), but his 18.5% walk rate is well above average and it goes with a 22.2% strikeout rate.

As the FCL season winds down, Suero is a prospect Pirate fans will want to keep an eye on. It would not be a surprise to see Suero rise to become a top 10 prospect in the Pirate farm system in the coming years. Acquiring him for a pair of veteran rentals could prove to be a real steal by Ben Cherington.

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