Prospect Roundtable: After Termarr Johnson, Which 2022 Pirates Draft Pick Stands Out?

If you missed it yesterday, we did a Prospect Roundtable with our views of the 2022 Pittsburgh Pirates draft.

Today we're looking at which player interests us the most. The catch is that you can't choose Termarr Johnson.

I guess it's easy to have different answers when you have 20 players to choose from, but in our blind submission process for this article, we came up with four different answers. Do you agree, or is there a player we left out? Leave your pick in the comments!
Besides Termarr Johnson, I really don't have a second pick in this draft who is the type of exciting player that we would do a roundtable article for when they make their first appearances at levels like we did with Anthony Solometo or Bubba Chandler. This draft class got really d...



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Michael Kennedy could be the most important to the Pirates.

*Young, and able to control at least 3 pitches from the left side.
*Could make some solid jumps in his velocity the next few years, and
*The Pirates are extremely thin with LHP’s and especially SP’s

The Pirates will bring him along slow, but he fills a need for the future.


I like the pitcher from Yale with the sweeper😀


Kiley’s thoughts from ESPN (not sure if it’s bad form to post this much of his article that’s under a paywall…) :

“I’m about as in as you can be on Johnson; he’s going in the top half of my Top 100 and I think he’ll be in the top 10 before he graduates to the majors. Harrington is a sports science darling who also flashes four above-average pitches. Barco looked like a late first-rounder before Tommy John surgery this spring. It’s a funky delivery and average fastball, but his splitter is plus and his slider is now at least above average. Kennedy is a classic cold-weather projection lefty (some scouts mention Jon Lester) who is also among the youngest in the draft.

Gonzales is an above-average hitter with a good approach but below-average in-game power. Brannigan had tools galore on display as a two-way standout for the Irish: He’s got plus power, speed and defensive ability at third but is also up to 100 mph with a plus slider on the mound. His pitch selection at the plate is very poor and his command on the mound isn’t there yet. He was another guy whom I was told I had too low when I put the final rankings up, but I would’ve moved him up to about 150 or so. The Pirates have found success with a similar player in J.C. Flowers (fourth round, 2019 draft) who is now pitcher-only and drafted a prep prospect in Bubba Chandler last spring who is playing both ways this year.

Nielsen is a power lefty up to 95 mph with an above-average slider but is a reliever. Diamond had a bad spring with diminished raw stuff, but it’s been above average with starter traits in the past. Tejeda has plus-plus raw power but is a better pro prospect on the mound with solid-average stuff and some feel. Walsh popped up on the Cape before the draft with a plus slider and low-90s fastball. He could move quickly in relief after starting at Yale. Massey has an electric arm but had awful results at Minnesota, while Bosnic missed 2022 due to injury but showed above-average stuff last spring.”

Last edited 2 months ago by clemo83

Tim, there’s a man at your door delivering a gift. Says he’s from Bristol, CT.


Generally bad form but you won’t see me shed a tear over pool lil ESPN losing a click or two. Thanks man!


Add the Athletic to that sentiment.


I would love to hear their writeup…



Wilbur Miller

On the Barco front, Stumpf talked to some analyst who was unenthused about him. Said he was “a reach” in rd. 2, and not due to TJ. Of course, I have no idea how much stock to put in that.


I might be projecting, but feels like a lot comes down to this splitter scouts seem, well, split on. That’s at least what makes him intriguing to me. Little advancement seems to have come in the three years since HS and now otherwise.

Wilbur Miller

That’s the one time I’ve seen a view that down, so there’s that. Can’t get worked up about it anyway. When a guy who’s never thrown a pro pitch is gonna be out so long, I kinda read him out until he’s back, and then we’ll see what’s there.


I think you are right. But SEC coaches care about winning. They must. Development? That’s what the pros do.


In ’21 and ’22 pitching in the toughest conference in the country – the SEC, his conference stats are 15 Starts, record of 9-2, 3.23 ERA, 83 IP, 28 BB/98 K. This is a front-line talent!

TJ I think in late April, early May and it is usually a 15 month minimum. Possible to see him throwing by July, August 2023? Possibly by Instructs?


that scout is whack


Short answer…..none!

Although Harrington appears to have been a good selection and he has possibilities as a middle of the rotation starter. Barco has potential, but he doesn’t excite me. After that, there isn’t much to see to be quite honest. Very unimpressive draft on paper – too many seniors, older players, or pitchers with terrible numbers over multiple seasons in college. Three HS players selected? Did any other team pick less HS players than the Pirates?

No, this draft was one of the weakest in recent memory – on paper. Could some of these later picks shock the world and become another Brubaker or Stallings? Sure, but the odds are not in their favor.


Sorry if the selection of a player many guys who make their living judging baseball players talent say is the best HS hitter to come out in a decade doesn’t excite you.

Wilbur Miller

Some of the Termarr stuff seems over the top. Like Wade Boggs’ eye plus Vlad Sr’s bat control — if that critter existed he’d hit .750. But the more serious the observer, like Kiley and Eric L., the more on board they seem to be. I’m gonna get seriously impatient to see TJ in FCL games.


The headline of the article asked the question….”after Termarr Johnson.”


Yes, we know. You’re pissed they didn’t draft Greene and decided you didn’t like the rest of the draft because of it.


Everybody is allowed to get off on what they want, but I can’t imagine getting THIS upset over my favorite team not selecting players with an even lesser chance of success than the ones they did.

Joey McHighschooler or bust feels like an offshoot of this years PLAY THE KIDZ fetish.


Since Bleacher Report grades this as an A draft, you might offer a bit more evidence. And, even if that’s a reasonable assessment, the odds are not the side of these draftees.


Provide more evidence, says the guy peddling fucking Bleacher Report.


Some of these type comments from you are quite crass, while others are sharp as a tack. I vote for the latter on this one.

Sorry Roberto, but you deserved this one.


I suppose that’s the NMR special…;)


So, still nothing? And actually, I sell books.


BTW, my query was to rewards.


Roberto, you seem like a genuinely good guy who is knowledgeable and has opinions I agree with more often than not, but Bleacher Report isn’t the most credible site. They epitomize a mile wide and an inch deep type web site. Lots of better places to go for MLB draft grades, if that’s what you’re looking for.


There’s no good time for a TJ surgery. But part of me almost thinks it’s better for Barco to get Tommy John surgery out of the way off the bat. He can work with Pirates doctors and learn while he’s recovering. Then start from scratch and hit the ground running. Better now then have it completely halt his development and jolt his confidence right before he gets to Pittsburgh.

Last edited 2 months ago by clemo83

I think Thomas Harrington is going to be a HUGE surprise, relatively new to pitching, and shot onto the college baseball scene as a WALK-ON! I hope he gets a sniff of Altoona next year.

BTW. I LOVE the 2x weekly article drop formula, Tim.

Last edited 2 months ago by JimEastTennessee

Not much of a surprise when a team drafts you 1S, #36 , but I agree, he will come in as a mature pitcher and do very well. What he does this Fall will earmark where he will start his career FCL, A, A+?

A walk-on can mean a few things. First, maybe he was not talented enough to offer him a scholarship, or second, he had the skills, but also had the grades that he could be a walk-on and get his ride through an academic scholarship which does not count against the team NCAA allotment limit.


I saw a blurb somewhere that he chose Campbell to pursue his dream of pitching. In HS he was primarily known as a SS (and I think he was also a QB).


One of my college friends was offered a Big 10 football scholarship. He declined and enrolled in our DIII school. He said, ‘I wanted to get an education.’


I, too, am highest on Barco. Sure, the TJ is a risk, but when most drafted players fail any way, even the healthy ones, why not gamble on a first round talent. Plus, Imlive the name. 😉

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