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

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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.