Prospect Roundtable: Brennan Malone Makes His 2022 Debut

In one of the very first trades from Ben Cherington, the Pittsburgh Pirates sent Starling Marte to the Arizona Diamondbacks, getting top prospects Liover Peguero and Brennan Malone.

Peguero is one of the top prospects in the system, currently playing in Altoona.

Malone hasn't gotten much chance to pitch, due to injuries the last two years. The latest delayed his start of the 2022 season until this past week, rehabbing earlier in the week in the FCL, followed by his appearance on Sunday for Bradenton, when he went two innings, giving up a run on a solo homer and striking out three.

This week, we took a different approach with the Prospect Roundtable format. We all had a unique look at Malone during that Sunday game, which combined gives a full look at what the right-hander is worki...



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Didn’t he get hurt again in his last game pitched? I have my doubts that he will ever be able to reach his unlimited potential.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

“It’s going to be up to his performance,” said Baker. “Anyone who throws strikes and is successful for a month and a half or two months is going to have an opportunity to move.”

Unless it’s a promotion to Indy. They don’t promote to Indy.


indy is the pirates prospects wasteland


My new favorite prospect to watch! Just hoping for a healthy rest of the season for him, the rest of the development will come with time but this guy just needs to pitch consistently


Same here. Rooting real hard for this kid


General Question for the Roundtable. Jose Quintana is this year’s Tyler Anderson and will be gone by the trading deadline. Which of the following are leading candidates to join the Pirates after Quintana is traded:

Cody Bolton 24, AAA
Mike Burrows, 22, AA
Kyle Nicolas, 23, AA
Luis Ortiz, 23, AA
Noe Toribio, 23, AA
Omar Cruz, 23, AA


Bolton is next up.


Im thinking bolton will be first in line and if all goes to plan then burrows might get a start or two at pnc like roansy did last year. I think the rest of the guys will follow the more traditional path to AAA. Nicolas is someone that I am really high on and interested to keep following- I think he could finish the year as a top 10-15 prospect with how good his stuff is

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Eh, idk if Bolton will. As much as I want to see it, he just doesn’t have the endurance yet to be a full time SP in the majors.

Last edited 1 month ago by Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Maybe hes a piggy back candidate then?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

That would be the more likely scenario.


Deadline is August 2nd…. Q might be gone before that but using that date, I assume we will have an injury, maybe two, and Bolton may get a look before that… honestly this is when I thought we would bring back up Beau Sulser, to do what he does, fight and eat innings, but that ship has sailed, sure others are out there🤷‍♂️


The White Sox pitching has been cursed so far in 2021 with injuries and poor performances, and I thought they would be a prime contender to try to get Q back in the fold – to help them, and also to remove the possibility of him going to another AL Central contender such as Cleveland or Minnesota.


Great to see him start to get success.


Success has to be just being out there competing. Last year on the Fangraphs Top Prospects for the Pirates, Quinn Priester was #2 with a 55 FV, while Brennan Malone was #9 with a 45+ FV. That gap between the two increased greatly in 2022 with Priester #5 , 50 FV, while Malone has dropped to #5 6 , 35+ FV.

If he can get 50 – 75 innings in 2022 with the pitches he has, he will be back up in the Top 10 or 15. He has the ability

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