Prospect Roundtable: Which Pirates Prospect Are You Watching in the Second Half?

The minor league season starts down the stretch this week, with about two months remaining until the 2022 season has wrapped up in full.

The second half is a crucial time for following the development of prospects. It gives a chance to see how players hold up as their bodies are wearing down with fatigue. It gives a chance to see how players develop after months of experience and a quick All-Star break reset.

There are a lot of exciting prospects to follow in the Pirates system right now. For this week's Prospect Roundtable, I asked everyone to pick one prospect they were going to be watching the closest in the second half. As usual, our blind response led to four different answers. I also wrote a mini-column on Liover Peguero.

Who is your player? Check out our choices and leave y...

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hoffmark83

I’m going off the wall here and saying Jase Bowen is the one for me.

skliesen

Any choice besides Bubba is wrong…unless you say Rivas. I love Unicorns!

leefieux

To me it is any hitter in our system, since we need offense. But, since that isn’t the assignment, I am going with Swaggerty. If he can reach his Benitendi comp, I would be happy.

Last edited 2 months ago by leefieux
ricramer

Mason Martin for me. Would be really nice if he could fix some of his issues and step into the role at first.

skliesen

But do the Pirates need a 1B? (Eye roll)

Ok I’ll stop now.

NMR

Wasn’t Dreker on Lopez >>> Escotto way before the national guys?

NMR

Pretty sure I fought him on that, too!

TNBucs

It took me seeing Lopez in person to become a believer–good job Anthony seeing that going into the season. He’s high on my list to watch as is Peguero. The position player I’m most interested in watching is Suwinski to see if he can make progress with making contact so that his power can play at the major league level.

Overall, though, I think I’d go with Priester (Burrows would be a close second). With many of our position players it’s almost “if he doesn’t work out, then there’s always ______” but we have a lot of eggs in the Priester/Burrows basket to find a TOR SP to, hopefully, pair with Contreras.

PirateRican21

Henry Davis, when you talked about upper level help, none could help more if this guy stays healthy and productive, not sure he’ll be able to do either.

leefieux

Move Davis to 1b and have Rodriguez as our catcher?

roberto

Especially since there are several talented defensive catchers in the system.

Colin

I know I’m setting myself up for failure, but I’m still on the Brennan Malone wagon. Wish this kid could stay healthy

Rob Baran

That potential ++ curveball is a pitch one can really dream on.

https://twitter.com/__Murphy88/status/1536035750512320514?t=feR7GtKJYtfFblIfY1k5Pw&s=19

robertkasperski

Too many to name just one. I am interested on how several finish up this season 🙂

robertkasperski

If I had to pick Peguero. I hope he keeps up the work & gets a move to AAA after the deadline. If he can keep it going in AAA, it forces decisions. Can’t wait to see it play out.

NMR

Liover Peguero has progressively gotten worse as the season has progressed.

We seem to have forgotten the goal is to develop players, not advance them through the system as quickly as possible.

This has been such an insanely weird season in Pittsburgh Pirate discourse.

ArkyWags

Exactly. It’s not a race to get to the majors.

leefieux

And the last GM was criticized for moving them too slow. They can’t win!!!

robertkasperski

Soooooo……. I cheated! 😈

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