Where Will the New Draft Picks Fit in the Pittsburgh Pirates System?

The Pirates haven't signed anyone from their 2022 draft as of this writing. That doesn't mean we can't project out how this draft fits into the current system.

That system entered the year as one of the best in the game, but has graduated or will graduate a lot of prospects by the end of the year. There is growing depth in the upper levels at key positions of need. This draft will do more to boost the wave of players behind the current Indianapolis/Altoona/Greensboro group.

Today I wanted to give an idea of where each player will fit in, while giving a different view of the current system. I'll note that this exercise is more for the system view than the individual player projections.
Termarr Johnson
I have no clue how the Pirates will develop Termarr Johnson, because we've yet to ...



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Greensboro looks like the team to watch next year.


It feels like the first year, a guy gets all or most of their year at one level. Even if Johnson gets his feet wet at Bradenton in 2022, I think he gets most of 23 there. If he lights shit up early, maybe he does half there and half at Greensboro. But I’d guess he does most of 23 in Bradenton, and then gets accelerated quicker as he progresses and performs.


Most of 2023 in Bradenton for TJ?


I think so, especially if his time in 2022 is limited. Maybe like Gorman, where he plays about 100 games at A ball over two seasons. That’s unlikely with a later draft in 2022.


Thomas is in Pirate City. His roommate is Hunter Barco. Thomas was able to throw some today but with him throwing 92 innings this year it is very unlikely that he pitches in a game this year. I don’t know Thomas personally but i’m connected with people that are very close to him. He’s a great kid, he will not be a problem for the Pirates. He will be able to throw all his pitches for strikes, he won’t have to learn how to pitch, he already knows how to pitch. He needs to add weight and he possibly could grow another inch in height, his mom is 5’8 and dad is 6’2. Thomas just turned 21 this month. He’s excited about getting pro career started.

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