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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Bubba Chandler Named as Second Best FCL Prospect

Baseball America started posting their rankings of the top ten prospects by leagues on Friday and they went with the Florida Complex League. The Pittsburgh Pirates are represented on that list by RHP/DH Bubba Chandler, who ranked as the second best prospect in the league.

Chandler made this list because of his pitching, which was outstanding during the FCL season. He did so well that he just barely qualified for the list, throwing 15.1 shutout innings on three hits, with ten walks and 27 strikeouts. He didn’t allow a single hit in his last three starts, totaling 10.1 innings. He also put up a .231/.444/.654 slash line in eight games as the DH. Chandler has been in Bradenton since mid-July, where he has a .574 OPS in 88 plate appearances, and a 3.68 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 22 innings.

The set minimums for pitchers (15 innings) and hitters (50 plate appearances) kept all but one 2022 draft pick off of the list, as Elijah Green was the only one who qualified for consideration. He ranked fourth in the league.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.


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Our next Don Robinson, only 10 times better.


I feel like #2 FCL prospect has to equal top 100 in MLB, right?


I’ll make a prediction that Shalin Polanco ends up better in the majors than a number of guys on that list. He still needs work but his potential flashes through at times and you’ve got to love what you see. In two separate games in Sarasota, I saw him hit ground rule doubles, one hop over the fence in straight away center field. This is the stadium the Orloles play spring training games. It will be interesting if he gets an aggressive push to the Marauders next year. My hunch is he starts in the FCL but will move across town pretty quickly.


I hope you are right. He is one of the first names I look for on when checking the Prospect Watch.


Long way away, but promising.


Who was numero uno? Is Bubba hurt? Seen he left his start early but didn’t hear anything since


Miguel Bleis (OF) from the Red Sox


Thanks man 👍

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