2023 Pittsburgh Pirates Top MLB Prospects

Image credit: Endy Rodriguez (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images)


The Pirates have one of the top systems in baseball after reloading through the draft and seeing a breakthrough campaign from catcher Endy Rodriguez. Today, we unveil their 10 best prospects entering 2023. 

Mark Chiarelli answered questions regarding the Pirates system. You can read the transcript here.

Here’s how we project their lineup in 2026, with their 2026 ages in parentheses. 

Catcher: Endy Rodriguez (25)
First Base: Henry Davis (26)
Second Base: Termarr Johnson (21)
Third Base: Ke’Bryan Hayes (29)
Shortstop: Liover Peguero (25)
Left Field: Ji-Hwan Bae (26)
Center Field: Bryan Reynolds (31)
Right Field: Oneil Cruz (27)
Designated Hitter: Nick Gonzales (26)

No. 1 Starter: Mitch Keller (29)
No. 2 Starter: Roansy Contreras (26)
No. 3 Starter: Luis Ortiz (27)
No. 4 Starter: Quinn Priester (25)
No. 5 Starter: Mike Burrows (26)
Closer: Kyle Nicolas (27)

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: Jared Triolo
Best Power Hitter: Matt Gorski
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Lolo Sanchez
Fastest Baserunner: Ji-Hwan Bae
Best Athlete: Bubba Chandler
Best Fastball: Bubba Chandler
Best Curveball: Quinn Priester
Best Slider: Colin Selby
Best Changeup: Ricky DeVito
Best Control: Nick Dombkowski
Best Defensive Catcher: Wyatt Hendrie
Best Defensive Infielder: Jared Triolo
Best Infield Arm: Jack Brannigan
Best Defensive Outfielder: Travis Swaggerty
Best Outfield Arm: Matt Gorski

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