P2Daily: Previewing This Week’s Pirates Minor League Opponents

[The Producer]

We’re trying a new feature this week on P2Daily. Many of you in the comments have seen the previews that Jeff Reed, aka Bucs’N’Pucks, posts with information on the other team. I felt this would be good information to turn into a regular feature. Going forward, P2Daily will serve as a primer on Tuesday for the upcoming full-season minor league opponents against the Pirates’ system, expanding on this format.

Here is a look at who the Pirates take on at each level this week.

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This week the Pirates farm system goes up against a mixture of rising and falling prospects.

Familiar 2021 1st round pick Kahlil Watson headlines the Jupiter Hammerheads roster. His first full season hasn’t gone very well, leading to him falling off Baseball America’s recent top 100 list.

Brooklyn Cyclones Outfielder Alex Ramirez and Richmond Flying Squirrels pitcher Kyle Harrison are two prospects that have seen their stock rise over the course of the 2022 season. Ramirez has been showing up on the backend of updated lists, and Kyle Harrison is floating around the top 25 on updates. Harrison is just a month shy of having his first legal beverage.

A week after facing a top 100 prospect loaded Cleveland Guardians roster in Double-A, the Indianapolis Indians take their turn facing a loaded Guardians team. These last two weeks have given me farm system envy, seeing how strong the Guardians upper levels are.

Triple-A: Indianapolis Indians

Opponent: Columbus (Guardians)
Opponent Stats

Team OPS: .794 OPS
Rank: 1/20
Team ERA: 4.65
ERA Rank: 11/20

Top Prospects

Player | Position | Pipeline Ranking

  • Gabriel Arias | INF | 4
  • Tyler Freeman | INF | 6
  • Logan Allen | LHP| 7
  • Bo Naylor | C | 15
  • Peyton Battenfield | RHP | 18
  • Xzavion Curry | RHP | 20
  • Nick Mikolajchak | RHP | 26
  • Will Brennan | OF | 28

DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE

Opponent: Richmond (Giants)
Opponent Stats

Team OPS: .722
OPS Rank: 7/12
Team ERA: 4.28
ERA Rank: 6/12

Top Prospects

Player | Position | Pipeline Ranking

  • Kyle Harrison | LHP | 2
  • Ryan Murphy | RHP | 11
  • Brett Auerbach | 2B/C | 27
  • Ricardo Genoves | C | 29
  • Kai-Wei Teng | RHP | 30

HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Opponent: Brooklyn (Mets)
Opponent Stats

Team OPS: .646
OPS Rank: 11/12
Team ERA: 3.86
ERA Rank: 5/12

Top Prospects

Player/Position/Pipeline Ranking

  • Alex Ramirez | OF | 4
  • Matt Alan | RHP | 6
  • Dominic Hamel | RHP | 9
  • Jaylen Palmer | 3B/OF | 14
  • Junior Santos | RHP | 16
  • JT Schwartz | 1B | 19
  • Mike Vasil | RHP | 21
  • Jose Peroza | INF | 29

SINGLE-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Opponent: Jupiter (Marlins)
Opponent Stats

Team OPS: .671
OPS Rank: 7/10
Team ERA: 4.24
ERA Rank: 10/10

Top Prospects

Player | Position | Pipeline Ranking

  • Kahlil Watson | SS | 3
  • Ian Lewis | 2B | 11
  • Osiris Johnson | OF | 22
  • Cristhian Rodriguez | 3B/SS | 26

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Pirates Links

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Yesterday: Tony Blanco Jr Homers in Pro Debut

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Pirates Discussion

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Yesterday: Trip to Miami, After Victorious Weekend

Pirates Prospects Daily Articles

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AdministrativeSky236

Love this! Thanks BnP!

NMR

Khalil Watson is nightmare fuel for anyone enamored with Elijah Green, YIKES.

1979andCounting

This is where I need your expertise BNP. Are there only 2 umps in A ball? Wait what?That’s laughable that a 1B ump is even involved in a LH batter’s check swing!!!!

NMR

Cancelled.

AdministrativeSky236

Wonder if it was character concerns like this that lead to a drop

NMR

Right on Tim, great addition to the weekly coverage!

skliesen

So if Bubba comes up and hits a HR every at bat I shouldn’t get that excited b/c Jupiter Pitchers are bottom feeders?

PirateRican21

Kyle Harrison is the prospect I most want to see.

AdministrativeSky236

I think we should target him in exchange for Q… seems fair to both teams lol

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