Pittsburgh Pirates 2022 Minor League Recaps: FCL Pirates

The Pirates' Florida Complex League entry had a solid 2022 season.  They didn't make the playoffs, but they finished with a 30-25 record.

The Bucs' hitters had a good season.  By weighted average age, they were tied for the youngest group in the 16-team league, but they were fourth in scoring. They were fifth in OPS and fifth in walks, and struck out less than all but one other team.

The Pirates fielded the league's youngest pitchers.  They had a bit less success on that side, finishing tenth in ERA and 13th in WHIP.  The big issue was control, which we'll get to; only a terrible Orioles' team walked more hitters.  The Pirates tied for fourth in K/9.  Fielding percentage doesn't mean much at this level, at least as long as you're not a bad outlier, but for what it's worth the Pirates...

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Jack Reddick

The Pirates draft high and trade for prospects but all their minor teams average to poor records!

bmm0jbq

Yikes not promising

joesolo6181

If they had enough players to field two teams than they should have done that in order to allow more players get sold game action.

mpg43952

And Bubba parked the most cars in the lot and sold the most cokes in the concession stand! Seriously, though, what is the effect of not having the short season teams on this team, or the low A team? Could that have thinned out the herd here?

roberto

Most of what I learned about how to play baseball came from practice, not games. Practicing a lot, playing a bit, growing up some let players improve. My sense is that few FCL teams really drop the hammer: You have to change your approach or you are going home. I would have been an exception: I might have lasted a week before I got sent home.

roberto

OK, maybe not a full week.

k1rainey

Thanks these are great and always so thorough

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