10-6-21 – By Justin Verno – @JV_Pitt on Twitter
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Here we are, at the end. There will be no more walks, or homeruns or wins for the Bucs or any of their affiliates. So I present you with the last installment of the Top 30 Trends.
But don’t worry, Fall and Winter ball are just around the corner!
But I digress! Most of the players seasons have been over, But there were a few that were in AAA and 2 that were in the majors that we get to have fun with here. If the players season was over and there’s no iupdate it’s noted.
1-Henry Davis – 50 FV SEASON OVER
2-Quinn Priester – 50 FV SEASON OVER
Quinn was terrific for Greensboro in game 2. Going 5 innings, striking out 7 while giving up 1 ER to an ERA of 1.80.
3 – Roansy Contreras – 50 FV ARROW UP X2
4- Liover Peguero – 50 FV SEASON OVER
5-Miguel Yajure – 50 FV SEASON OVER
6- Oneil Cruz – 50 FV ARROW UP
7-Tahnaj Thomas – 50 FV SEASON OVER
8-Nick Gonzales – 50 FV SEASON OVER
9-Travis Swaggerty – 50 FV – Out for the year
10-Bubba Chandler – 45 FV SEASON OVER
11-Ji-hwan Bae – 45 SEASON OVER
12-Brennan Malone – 45 FV SEASON OVER
|Week – A||3.2||0.00||7.61||9.12||2.45||.333||10%||25%|
13-Hudson Head – 45 FV SEASON OVER
14-Cody Bolton – 45 FV -out for the season
15-Maikol Escotto – 40+ FV SEASON OVER
16-Anthony Solometo – Nothing Yet
17-Jarred Jones – 40+ FV SEASON OVER
18-Carmen Mlodzinski – 40+ FV
19-Canaan Smith-Njigba – 40+ FV ARROW DOWN
20-Lonnie White – 40+ FV – SEASON OVER
21-Rodolfo Castro – 40+ FV ARROW EVEN
22-Diego Castillo – 40+ FV ARROW UP
|Season – AAA||278/414/500||.914||.222||.400||146||18.6%||18.6%|
|Season – PIT||282/342/445||.787||.164||.343||112||8.3%||7.4%|
23-Rodolfo Nolasco – 40+ FV SEASON OVER
24-Jared Oliva – 40+ FV ARROW DOWN x2
25-Endy Rodriguez – 40+ FV SEASON OVER
26-Mason Martin – 40+ FV ARROW EVEN
27-Jose Soriano – 40+ FV – Out for the season
28-Luis Oviedo -40+ FV – MLB
29-Cal Mitchel – 40+ FV ARROW EVEN
30-Eddy Yean – 40+ SEASON OVER
So most of the updates here had SEASON OVER as the headline. The handful of players still going were mostly “a cup of coffee” call up. Most had 20-30 trips to the plate. So we don’t want to get carried away with what we saw one way or the other. Nobody is getting DFA’d or headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame over a cup of java.
But it’s really easy to get excited with what we saw out of Oniel Cruz and Roansy Contreras! Both are likely to stat in AAA and both could be fast tracked to Pittsburgh, perhaps we could see both in early May? Cruz really looked the pat of a major leaguer.
Another kid that continues to impress is Diego Castillo. Is he ready to start in the majors next year? If not the Bucs need to find room on the 40 man for him. His control of the zone is simply fantastic and the power is developing. At the worst he looks to be a super utility player, at best a solid 2B.
Part of me wants to give my “player of the year” awards to a few guys and while I had the pleasure to view a good deal of the MiLB games this season for the Bucs I would be lying to say I saw enough of the games to do that. (Speaking of that, the MiLB package was the best $40 I spent this year and I highly suggest it. I think it’s only $10 right now at https://www.milb.com/live-stream-games/subscribe) So I will skip that, BUT, I did see enough to make some predictions that are bound to be wrong.
Here are my probably wrong predictions on some of the changes to the Bucs top prospect lists(Fangraphs only) Here I will list some changes I see happening and some raisers and guys that could fall. I won’t be guessing their whole list, just some changes.
Let’s start with the obvious-Hoy Park will graduate due to plate appearances.
The top 10.
– Oneil Cruz, Roansy Contreras, Quinn Priester and Nick Gonzales all get a bump. With Cruz, Contreras and Priester 55 or even a 60. Gonzales will cap at 55.
– Miguel Yajure, Liover Peguero and Travis Swaggerty hold steady at 50. I considered moving Swaggerty down but he was raking before the injury, I think he hold at 50 FV.
-Tahnaj Thomas takes a hit here. Maybe all the way to a 40+.
-Matt Fraizer and Endy Rodriguez are the biggest raisers. I can see both hitting the top 10 and will go as far as saying both could be on Fangraphs Top Prospects List with a 50 FV. But at the least a 45 FV would seem a must for both guys. Followed by Po-Yu Chen who could see a solid jump to a 40+ or 45.
-Ji-hwan Bae could see a bump to a 45+ as he showed a ittle pop in the bat with a .771 OPS.
-Jared Jones, Carmen Mlodzinski, Maikol Escotto all get a bump to 45 FV. Outside shot at getting a 45 FV bump include Diego Castillo and Rodolfo Castro.
-Jose Soriano, Luis Oviedo, Max Kranick, Steven Jennings and Jared Oliva all come off the list for different reasons.
-Tucapita Marcano gets lowered to a 35+.
-Jackson Glenn, Jared Triolo, Austin Roberts and Michael Burrows are guys who’s age could prevent a bump. All would need to really move thru the system but have shown some upside. Do we get a surprise bump in this group?
-I have 6 guys that will be falling off the list? Fear not I have 6 names I feel will be added! Matt Fraizer is already listed and should see a big time jump. But here are some other name to watch for.
Geovanny Planchert, he will likely see the second or third biggest jump in the system. At just over 20 years old he destroyed the CPX slashing 321/398/464 with an OPS of 862. He has a great feel for the zone walking 12.2% of the time while striking out 23.5% of his trips to the plate. He could see a significant jump, 40+ maybe.
The others? Dariel Lopez, Tsung-Che Cheng, Jauri Custidio and Omar Cruz. Omar is likely the most recognizable name in this section. Acquired in the Joe Musgrove deal Cruz has been a solid piece of that trade and he’s LH to boot.
Let’s revisit this in a few weeks after Fangraphs releases the update so we can all laugh at how wrong I was! See you then and thanks for reading along.