Pittsburgh Pirates prospects who could get promoted to A-Ball at the end of the month

The Pirates have a handful of top prospects at the Flordia Complex League who could soon get promoted to A-Ball.
On deck, (FCL) Pirates' outfielder Solomon Maguire. The Florida Complex League (FCL) Orioles played their first night game against the (FCL) Pirates at Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium on Friday, July 15, 2022. Admission is free and you can bring your own food. For more up-coming games, check out the schedules of the Florida Complex League visit, mlb.com/orioles/spring-training/minor-leagues.

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On deck, (FCL) Pirates' outfielder Solomon Maguire. The Florida Complex League (FCL) Orioles played their first night game against the (FCL) Pirates at Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium on Friday, July 15, 2022. Admission is free and you can bring your own food. For more up-coming games, check out the schedules of the Florida Complex League visit, mlb.com/orioles/spring-training/minor-leagues. Sar Fcl Baseball 18 / THOMAS BENDER/HERALD-TRIBUNE / USA TODAY
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Yordany De Los Santos

Yordany De Los Santos returned to the FCL to start 2024 after a rough go of things at Bradenton last year, but he's looked even better this season. He'll definitely get another shot this year to prove himself at A-Ball and establish why he's one of the Pirates' better prospects in their system.

De Los Santos has 158 plate appearances at the FCL, hitting to the tune of a .338/.401/.514 triple-slash. While his 8.2% walk rate isn't great, he's only struck out 20.3% of the time. De Los Santos is known for his power potential, and he's shown off some of that. He has four homers and a .176 isolated slugging percentage.

We'll see how he fares at Bradenton this time around. Last year, he stepped to the plate 153 times for the Marauders, but posted only a 72 wRC+ while striking out nearly 40% of the time. Granted, he also didn't do nearly this well at the FCL last year and was the seventh-youngest batter with 150+ plate appearances at A-Ball last season. 

De Los Santos has spent most of his time on the left side of the infield at shortstop and third base. However, he also has some innings at the keystone. He projects to be a solid defender with a strong enough arm to play on the left side, though he might top out as an average runner, which could push him over to the hot corner if his range starts to decline as he fills out.

Still, De Los Santos is a guy who might stick at shortstop with above-average to plus power. If he can cut down on the swing and miss, which he's seemingly shown this year, he could make big strides moving forward. We'll see how he does at Bradenton, and, hopefully, he's better than he was last time.