Prospect Roundtable: Pirates Who Are Trending Up in the Rankings

Two months of the minor league season are in the books. This week for Prospect Roundtable, I asked everyone to look at what has happened so far this year, and identify one player moving up in their rankings, and one player moving down.

Here, we will take a look at the players trending up.
JOHN DREKER: Blake Sabol, OF/C
Blake Sabol has recently moved up in my rankings. I wasn't buying in on his offense because of an initial first impression back with Morgantown. I wasn't a big fan of his swing and pitch selection, and he was getting burnt on the same pitches. I also wasn't impressed with the defense either. I didn't see much from him at the plate last year, even though he clearly had a nice season in somewhat limited play. Being on Greensboro for most of the year took away chances to s...



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Key word in this Subject is “trending”. I liked all of the players chosen, but the most important player over the next few years could be Oneil Cruz. How’s he trending? A .566 OPS in Apr, .868 OPS in May, and, so far, a .944 OPS in Jun. In May/Jun 104 AB, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 17 Walks and only 24 K’s. That’s a helluva trend upward!

Fielding has been an adventure, but in Apr/May/Jun he only has 4 E’s at SS in 19 games AT HOME! On the road, 9 E’s in 18 Games at SS with 6 coming in Minn/St Paul, and 3 in Charlotte. That’s hard to understand, but baseball is just one of those unique games.

Bring him up Jun 16. Starting on the 17th, the Pirates play 13 of the next 19 games at home. This is a game of confidence, and the Pirates can show him they recognize the improvements offensively, and are willing to work with him at SS where he plays until Peguero is ready, possibly in Jun ’23.


Can’t argue any of these picks. All trending up


In my opinion, Bolton should be in Pittsburgh now and Burrows in Indy


Great choices all around.


Nice reading this and with each entry I’d think yes, that’s the guy I’d go with until reading about the next player. Of these, though, I think I’d have to go with Suwinski. I’m sure it’s overly optimistic but I’ve gone from seeing him as a borderline top 25 prospect in the system to being a starter in Pittsburgh for the next good Pirates team–that’s a huge jump.


You’re not gonna want him facing lefties, but he could absolutely fit a Garrett Jones role.

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Peguero is “slumping” right now, but what he is doing at that level at that age, impressive. I expected him to struggle out the gate.


Having a guy who can be a third catcher and be a credible OF or DH adds a lot to a roster. Sabol might be real.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Gotta say I’m 2 for 2 in agreeing with John today.

But also, since Sabol’s finally getting recognized, Yerry is getting his taste of MLB, the name the board will now be inundated with from me is Sean Sullivan.


I have two that might not “normally” be considered, but one of them (MacGregor) got a write-up today, so that leaves Jared Triolo for me.

I was a fan of Bill Robinson (the Super Sub), John Milner, and Mike Easler back in the day, and I see Triolo being cut from the same cloth. I see a future where the bench is an actual strength and not full of no-hit middle infielders, and Triolo a leading piece of that bench.


Absolutely loved those three players – especially the Hit Man!


I would be happy as hell if Triolo could turn into a Ben Zobrist type. He was worth a mid-round fantasy pick. Makes for a valuable player IRL.


Of course, I see Wilbur disagrees with me   :wpds_lol: 


Yes I love me some roundtables! I obviously don’t have a preranked list, but I feel like Nicolas has probably shown the most and would be the biggest jump up with Burrows having the highest end point of prospect movement. He’s got to be at least #7 just behind the normal top 6


Exciting stuff!

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