The Indianapolis Indians wrapped up their season on Wednesday, the last of the teams in the Pirates system to be playing. With three straight losses, none of which were really close, Indianapolis failed to secure a winning record, finishing with a 74-75 mark.
While a good portion of the players who began the year in Triple-A either moved on or were promoted to the majors, they still had a few who logged some serious gameplay during their time with Indianapolis.
As you can tell with their record, Indianapolis was about average in 2022. They also finished middle of the pack in the International League in a lot of team statistics on both sides of the ball.
Despite missing time with an injury, Ji-Hwan Bae was one of the best hitters — not only on the team, but in the entire International League. Bae finished 13th overall in hits, eighth in stolen bases, and 10th in average among qualified hitters.
Indianapolis finished 16th out of 20 teams in home runs, with Mason Martin leading the way with 19, and three others (Rodolfo Castro, Carter Bins, and Hoy Park) all reaching double digits. Three players totaled 100 or more hits, with Travis Swaggerty joining Martin and Bae.
On the pitching side of things, Osvaldo Bido led the team in strikeouts with 122, despite not being a player known to generate a lot off misses. His total in strikeouts was good for seventh overall in the International League.
— The bullpen is in an obvious need of a complete overhaul. It’s hard to narrow down just a lone need on a team that’s trying to avoid losing 100 games, but the bullpen needs to be a priority. David Bednar is going to be the closer, obviously, but more depth is going to be needed to try and avoid wearing him down again like they did this season.
Part of that will be fixed when Colin Holderman and Yerry De Los Santos return after missing the last part of the season with injuries. It may not be too dramatic to say that outside of those three, it wouldn’t be a surprise to them clean house outside of that.
— Mike Burrows has dealt with injuries in each of the last two seasons. While he’s certainly showed toughness in returning from each of them, not sure there was any upside of him coming back to pitch on Wednesday. It’s good to see he was healthy, and he’ll definitely be in the rotation mix at some point in 2023, but there just didn’t seem to be too much upside in having him return, especially if it was just for an inning.
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Anthony began writing over 10 years ago, starting a personal blog to cover the 2011 MLB draft, where the Pirates selected first overall. After bouncing around many websites covering hockey, he refocused his attention to baseball, his first love when it comes to sports. He eventually found himself here at Pirates Prospects in late 2021, where he covers the team’s four full season minor league affiliates.