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P2Daily: 2022 Pirates System Offensive Leaderboards

With the minor league season over, attention now turns to the off-season. For the current moment, that includes the Arizona Fall League, in which eight prospects from the Pirates system are set to play in.

This also gives us one last chance to look back at the 2022 season, more so who performed well offensively. Here’s a look at who finished in the top five in some of the major offensive categories during the regular season. The player had to have a qualified amount of at-bats and finished the season in the Pirates system.

Batting Average

Player Average
Cal Mitchell – Indianapolis .339
Endy Rodriguez .323
Jacob Gonzalez .305
Tucupita Marcano .291
Ji-Hwan Bae .289

Jacob Gonzalez got off to maybe the best start of any player in the Pirates system while with Bradenton and rode that all the way to a .300 season. Cal Mitchell was fantastic in Indianapolis, while he was there, but sometimes that went overlooked with him making multiple trips to Pittsburgh this season. Marcano began the year with Altoona, went straight to Pittsburgh before finishing the year with Indianapolis.

OPS

Player OPS
Endy Rodriguez .996
Matt Gorski .956
Cal Mitchell .937
Blake Sabol .859
Henry Davis .852

There isn’t too much of a surprise at the top of the list, or really throughout. Henry Davis struggled to stay healthy in Altoona and it showed with some of his numbers but he destroyed pitching in Greensboro that let him hang around statistically.

Home Runs

Player Home Runs
Aaron Shackelford 26
Endy Rodriguez 25
Matt Gorski 24
Andres Alvarez 20
Blake Sabol, Mason Martin, Dariel Lopez 19

This was a fun race to follow as things wound down during the season. Mason Martin got off to such a great start it seemed he was going to run away with the home run title. He went into a slump and Matt Gorski got scorching hot in Greensboro before getting promoted to Altoona. He was leading the system at the time of his injury, which opened the door for Aaron Shackelford (pictured above), who held on despite Endy Rodriguez’s late season tear.

Dariel Lopez was a guy I talked about that could break out this year, and a late season injury was likely the only thing that kept him from reaching 20 home runs.

RBI

Player RBI
Endy Rodriguez 95
Aaron Shackelford 79
Blake Sabol 75
Mason Martin 74
Jase Bowen 74

A lot of familiar names on here, as the top four were also among the team’s home run leaders. Jase Bowen is the new name on the list, finishing in a tie with Mason Martin for fourth. Bowen was among the top hitters in the Florida State League before getting promoted to Greensboro, where he struggled initially.

Stolen Bases

Player Stolen Bases
Tsung-Che Cheng 33
Ji-Hwan Bae 30
Sergio Campana 29
Liover Peguero 28
Jase Bowen 25

With his recent success in the majors, I’ve talked a lot about Ji-Hwan Bae and stolen bases in general, so it shouldn’t really be a surprise to see him finish where he did. Tsung-Che Cheng had a fantastic season in Bradenton as the team’s lead-off hitter, finishing with 33 stolen bases despite missing some time with an injury.

Highlight of The Day

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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.

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Anthony

Out of curiosity Anthony, why did you pick these statistics?

bradlej31

While we jockey for R5 protection I believe that Tahnaj is the only player on the possible list that could fill a 25 man spot next year.

While I protect Endy and probably Sabol too I think they need more time in AAA to start the season.

mpg43952

Not only protect Endy, give him every chance to make the opening day line-up!

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