Most of the talk for Bristol this season centered around their horrible win-loss record and very poor fielding. The team was supposed to have two more pitching prospects, but Max Kranick and Austin Shields both had injuries at the end of Extended Spring Training and that hurt the pitching depth for this club. They still had a few arms of interest, as well as a possible breakout hitter, so it wasn't a lost season. It's not the deepest group of prospects, but also not the worst one we have seen at this level. Depending on how the Pirates handle promotions next season, Bristol could be an interesting club to follow. Here is our end of the year rundown of the best prospects at the level.
TOP 10 BRISTOL PROSPECTS
The cutoff for eligibility on this list was 70 at-bats, 20 innings pitched, or 10 relief appearances. The biggest name who missed the list was 2016 11th rounder Max Kranick, who joined the team late in the season and made two solid starts. Most of the list is based on upside, rather than the results this year. These players are so far away that even their upside is hard to peg.
1. Braeden Ogle, LHP - There wasn't much of a discussion for the top prospect at this level. Ogle was the clear choice once Max Kranick wasn't with the team on Opening Day, and he improved his stock as the season went along. The 6'2" lefty was the fourth round pick of the Pirates in 2016, but he immediately looked like someone who should have been drafted higher. He was topping out at 96 MPH last season and bumped that up to 98 this year, while showing better stamina. He also worked hard on improving both his changeup and his slider, showing progress with each pitch. Ogle had his best two starts in early August, throwing a combined ten shutout innings with 12 strikeouts, but he was then shutdown with minor knee surgery. He has already began his return from the injury, rehabbing the last few weeks at Pirate City before heading home for the off-season. It shouldn't be an issue going into next year and Ogle appears to be ready for the West Virginia rotation in 2018.
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