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2021 Pittsburgh Pirates Top MLB Prospects



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By Tim Williams

The Pirates system is on the mend under Ben Cherington's leadership, evident by a rising core of infield prospects who could be ticketed for Pittsburgh in relatively short order. Today we rank the 10 best players in their system.

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Here's how we project their lineup in 2024, with their 2024 age in parentheses.

Catcher: Jacob Stallings (34)
First Base: Josh Bell (31)
Second Base: Nick Gonzales (25)
Third Base: Ke'Bryan Hayes (27)
Shortstop: Liover Peguero (23)
Left Field: Bryan Reynolds (29)
Center Field: Cole Tucker (27)
Right Field: Oneil Cruz (25)
Designated Hitter: Colin Moran (31)

No. 1 Starter: Mitch Keller (28)
No. 2 Starter: Quinn Priester (23)
No. 3 Starter: Joe Musgrove (31)
No. 4 Starter: Steven Brault (32)
No. 5 Starter: Cody Bolton (26)
Closer: Tahnaj Thomas (25)

Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to Pittsburgh's Top 10, click here.

Best Hitter for Average: Nick Gonzales
Best Power Hitter: Oneil Cruz
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Ke'Bryan Hayes
Fastest Baserunner: Jasiah Dixon
Best Athlete: Oneil Cruz
Best Fastball: Blake Cederlind
Best Curveball: Quinn Priester
Best Slider:Cody Bolton
Best Changeup:James Marvel
Best Control: Aaron Shortridge
Best Defensive Catcher: Christian Kelley
Best Defensive Infielder: Ke'Bryan Hayes
Best Infield Arm: Oneil Cruz
Best Defensive Outfielder: Jared Oliva
Best Outfield Arm:Travis Swaggerty

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Nick Gonzales Could Jump On Fast Track

The 2020 first-rounder has immense batting potential but will need to settle on an infield position before he reaches the big leagues.

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