9-21-21 – By Justin Verno – @JV_PITT on Twitter
The big news of the day? While there aren’t any FV bumps for any of the Bucs prospects the Pirates system now ranks as the second best system on Fangraphs. The Rays had a few guys graduate making room for the Bucs system to jump up a slot. Hoy Park will be coming off soon as he too has graduated, so hang in there as changes are coming.
Greensboro and Bradenton’s regular seasons are done but the playoffs start tomorrow. Altoona’s season is over, but fear not as it seems the whole team got promoted to AAA. So we are really winding down here. Let’s take a look at how the week went!
1-Henry Davis – 50 FV IL
2-Quinn Priester – 50 FV ARROW DOWN
3 – Roansy Contreras – 50 FV
4- Liover Peguero – 50 FV
5-Miguel Yajure – 50 FV ARROW UP
6- Oneil Cruz – 50 FV ARROW UP X3
7-Tahnaj Thomas – 50 FV IL
8-Nick Gonzales – 50 FV- ARROW UP
9-Travis Swaggerty – 50 FV – Out for the year
10-Bubba Chandler – 45 FV
11-Ji-hwan Bae – 45 FV ARROW UP X2
12-Brennan Malone – 45 FV
|Week – A||3.2||0.00||7.61||9.12||2.45||.333||10%||25%|
13-Hudson Head – 45 FV ARROW UP X3
14-Cody Bolton – 45 FV -out for the season
15-Maikol Escotto – 40+ FV ARROW DOWN
16-Anthony Solometo – Nothing Yet
17-Jarred Jones – 40+ FV
18-Carmen Mlodzinski – 40+ FV IL
19-Canaan Smith-Njigba – 40+ FV
|Week – (IL)||125/417/125||.542||000||.312||93||33.3%||0%|
20-Lonnie White – 40+ FV – ARROW UP
21-Rodolfo Castro – 40+ FV ARROW DOWN
22-Diego Castillo – 40+ FV ARROW UP
|Season – AAA||306/438/528||.965||.222||.417||157||18.8%||14.6%|
|Season – PIT||282/342/445||.787||.164||.343||112||8.3%||7.4%|
23-Rodolfo Nolasco – 40+ FV ARROW UP
24-Jared Oliva – 40+ FV ARROW DOWN
25-Endy Rodriguez – 40+ FV
26-Mason Martin – 40+ FV ARROW DOWN X2
27-Jose Soriano – 40+ FV – Out for the season
28-Luis Oviedo -40+ FV – MLB
29-Cal Mitchel – 40+ FV ARROW DOWN
30-Eddy Yean – 40+ FV ARROW UP
This is a pretty typical week down on the farm. Some guys headed in a good direction, some down. Greensboro and Bradenton’s seasons are over, and are headed to the playoffs. While we get to see some AA guys get a taste of AAA action.
As for my highlighted prospect let’s go with Nick Gonzales. He finished strong so he’s as good as anyone to talk about.
If I’m being honest I wasn’t overly excited about drafting Gonzales. Don’t get me wrong, he was picked right where he should of been and was in no way a “reach”. But there’s was something lacking here? Upside? He seemed to be the “high floor” but “low ceiling” guy we’ve seen too much of in the system. There’s an important thing to know here though, a good system needs these guys. Nick has extremely quick hands, as quick as I’ve seen. He is short and quick to the ball but I wondered if his power would play? So far it has.
On the season he has 98 hits and 45 of those are extra base hits. 18 HR, 23 doubles and 4 triples. That’s good for a .565 slugging percentage and an OPS of .950, his ISO (.262) and wRC (150) are both superb.
Another great sign is he hits to all fields. Pulling the ball at a 46% clip while going to the opposite field 28.1%. This advanced approach should pay off in AA next year.
The K rate was high to start the season, hitting as high as 33% at one point. That rate currently sits at 27.4% and since July 1st he had a solid 26.5% strikeout rate. Not sure if he made an adjustment or is just seeing the ball better but the results are exactly what we want to see there.
All of this should have Nick get to Pittsburgh in good time, assuming he stays healthy. And when Fangraphs releases their postseason rankings I would think he is guy who could see his name picking up steam and get that 55 FV, honestly, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t.