Outfield prospect Rodolfo Nolasco's power continues to develop as he looks for better footing in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system
The Pittsburgh Pirates farm system could use more power. One player that could provide this power is outfielder Rodolfo Nolasco. However, Nolasco seems to continue to struggle to take the next step within the organization.
Nolasco spent the entire 2023 season with the Low-A Bradenton Marauders. This was the second consecutive season in which Nolasco spent the season with Bradenton. Repeating a level is never a good sign for a player.
In 444 plate appearances with the Marauders, Nolasco hit for a .214/351/.440 slash line. He drew walks at a 16.0% clip, but also struck out at an alarmingly high 34.2% rate. This marked the second consecutive season in which Nolasco's strikeout rate was at least 34.0%.
The now 22-year-old Nolasco has long been viewed as a potential budding power prospect. His power has continued to trend in the right direction. The .440 slugging percentage he posted last season was his highest since his first professional season in 2019, while his .226 isolated slugging (ISO) and 20 home runs were both career highs.
If Nolasco can legitimately develop his power it would be a huge boost for the Pirate farm system. Taking a step forward to build off his 2023 season would be a huge step in that direction for Nolasco.
Looking ahead to 2024, Nolasco should finally make the jump to High-A Greensboro. If he does not, then you can completely write him off as a Pirate prospect. The 2024 season will be a vital one for Nolasco.