The Pirates had their big run a few years back when they competed in the “play-in game” multiple times. Just to be clear, the play-in game is not technically the playoffs. But, hey…they had a good team and made a run.
They are once again in full rebuild and after some less than optimal trades, they now have a new front office and are at it again. Their minor league system is very good. They just added the number one pick in last year’s draft in Henry Davis. While he was a safe pick, he should be their backstop for years. Oneil Cruz should see Pittsburgh in 2022 and has double-plus power and should hit enough to be a regular. Their best pitchers are Quinn Priester and Roansy Contreras. Both are at least number three starters and Priester has a chance to be ace. Both have a chance to see the Major Leagues next season.
Is it enough to get back into the plan-in game? Yeah, I think it is with a window that should open in 2024.
Prospect Quick Shot
- Top Prospect: Henry Davis
- Biggest Mover: Quinn Priester
- Emerging Prospect: Tahnaj Thomas