Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Top Performers at DSL, FCL Pitchers

Let's take a look at the best performing prospects at the Pirates' DSL and FCL affiliates

The Florida Complex League (FCL) Orioles played their first night game against the (FCL) Pirates at
The Florida Complex League (FCL) Orioles played their first night game against the (FCL) Pirates at / THOMAS BENDER/HERALD-TRIBUNE / USA TODAY
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Dominican Summer League

Juan Machado is one of best hitters the DSL Pirates have to offer. In 131 plate appearances, the 20-year-old outfielder is slashing .289/.466/.423. Machado has not hit for much power, and only has two home runs on the year. However, he has a sub-20% strikeout rate (19.8%) while walking in nearly a quarter of his trips to the plate (23.7%). Machado is aggressive on the base paths, and has attempted a stolen base 26 times while being successful 22 times. That’s a rate of 118 attempts per 150 games.

If Machado isn’t the DSL Pirates’ best hitter, then it’s Carlos Caro. An 18 year old infielder, Caro is slashing .302/.437/.479. He is hitting for more power than Machado, already having three home runs in 117 plate appearances as well as a respectable .176 isolated slugging percentage. Caro has a 21.8% strikeout rate, along with a strong 12.6% walk rate. 

Angel Camacho has done well in a small sample size of 16.1 innings. The 2021-2022 international signee currently holds a 3.31 ERA, 3.23 FIP, and 1.04 WHIP. Camacho has a 36.9% strikeout rate, along with a 9.2% walk rate, and 0.55 HR/9 rate. For being such a heavy flyball pitcher, Camacho has a low home run rate. Either way, it’s a pretty good start to his pro career, as these are his first 16.1 innings as a member of the Pirates.

Yojeiry Osoria is the best performing pitcher at the DSL Pirates. In 24.1 innings, Osoria has a minuscule 0.74 ERA, along with a 3.14 FIP, and 0.82 WHIP. Osoria has struck out nearly a third of his opponents with a 32.6% strikeout rate, and has paired that with no home runs allowed. Osoria has induced grounders well over 50% of the time (58.3%). His 9.5% walk rate is decent, but nothing to write home about. Osoria is a bit older than your typical DSL pitcher as this is his age-20 campaign. It’s also his third round through the DSL, so maybe it’s time to see what he can do at a full season level, or the FCL at the very least.