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2022 Pittsburgh Pirates Top MLB Prospects

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The Pirates enter 2022 with arguably the deepest farm system in baseball following steady replenishment via both the draft and trades. Two of their top prospects, Oneil Cruz and Roansy Contreras, made their big league debuts to close out the 2021 season. Today, we unveil their 10 best prospects entering 2022.

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Here's how we project their lineup in 2025, with their 2025 ages in parentheses.


Catcher: Henry Davis (25)
First Base: Endy Rodriguez (24)
Second Base: Nick Gonzales (25)
Third Base: Ke'Bryan Hayes (28)
Shortstop: Liover Peguero (24)
Left Field: Bryan Reynolds (30)
Center Field: Travis Swaggerty (27)
Right Field: Oneil Cruz (26)
Designated Hitter: Matt Fraizer (27)

No. 1 Starter: Roansy Contreras (25)
No. 2 Starter: Quinn Priester (24)
No. 3 Starter: Michael Burrows (25)
No. 4 Starter: Carmen Mlodzinski (26)
No. 5 Starter: Mitch Keller (28)
Closer: Jared Jones (23)

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: Tucupita Marcano
Fastest Baserunner: Jasiah Dixon
Best Athlete: Bubba Chandler
Best Fastball: Roansy Contreras
Best Curveball: Michael Burrows
Best Slider: Oliver Mateo
Best Changeup: Omar Cruz
Best Control: Trey McGough
Best Defensive Catcher: Carter Bins
Best Defensive Infielder: Jared Triolo
Best Infield Arm: Oneil Cruz
Best Defensive Outfielder: Travis Swaggerty
Best Outfield Arm: Travis Swaggerty


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An important part of Davis' development behind the plate in 2022 was learning how to quickly get on the same page as his pitchers, including in a second language.

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