Nick Gonzales has been one of the bigger concerns if you're looking for positive signs from the Pirates' player development system.
Gonzales was drafted seventh overall in 2020, the first draft pick under Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington. He was drafted out of New Mexico State as one of the best pure hitters in the 2020 draft. His stats this year haven't matched his elite contact grades, with a 32.8% strikeout rate and a .247 average in Double-A.
"Nick went through some mechanical challenges early in the season," said Pirates farm director John Baker, noting that Gonzales saw his swing get "really uphill."
"His swing decisions actually improved, and I think that’s evident in the walk rate," said Baker. "He’s getting on base a lot, despite some swinging and missing and not ge...
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