The Pittsburgh Pirates have some prospects who could make their case to be involved in the organization's long-term plans, even if they might not be prime contenders to do so now.
The Pittsburgh Pirates already have a decent core of players in the Major Leagues, most of which are likely part of the team's long-term plans. The upper levels of the minor leagues (Altoona and Indianapolis) also have a handful of players who could contribute as soon as early 2024. Even then, Greensboro and Bradenton have names that are in the outlines of the Pirates' future plans.
But sometimes, players can force their way into the Pirates' long-term or even short-term roster construction. There have been plenty of instances of a minor leaguer, who may not have been considered a prospect or a high-ranking one, in his team's system, forcing his team to give him a semi-regular or even regular MLB role because he performed so well in the upper-minors, and into the bigs.
Even while these guys might not be considered the best minor leaguers the Pirates have to offer, these prospects might force their way into the Pirates' long-term plans.