P2Daily: Pirates Depth Prospects Who Played Well In 2022

Not everyone is going to be a top prospect, or are even expected to make the majors. Some players are going to be used to fill out the minor league rosters, and can sometimes move up and down the system based on a need a level might have.

Some of the best baseball stories can come from a player who at first seemed like a career minor leaguer, only to put things together and finally make the majors. 

What can make their jobs a little more difficult is that playing time is never a priority with them, so sometimes they can really get into a groove and even when they do it may not be enough to keep them in the lineup if the team has another player at the same position.

The Pirates had several players who fit that role who had decent enough seasons in 2022.

Mike Jarvis

A sixth round pick in the 2021 draft, the Pirates used his selection to help save some money in order to get some of the prep kids signed, but Jarvis was solid in his first full season of professional baseball.

The former San Diego State Aztec isn’t really known for his offense (.210/.288/.379) but was one of the five players in the entire system to hit at least 10 home runs and steal 20 bases, joining some notable names (Matt Gorski, Andres Alvarez, Jase Bowen, Liover Peguero).

Jarvis (pictured above) played for three of the four full season teams in 2022, starting in Bradenton but also playing in Greensboro and Indianapolis. 

The errors hurt at times (22 overall) but he also came up with quite a few big plays, a few even in the Bradenton combined no-hitter earlier in the year.

Fabricio Macias

Like Jarvis, Macias played for three of the four full season teams, although it was only a five game stint with the Marauders while on a rehab stint.

He spent the majority of the year with Altoona, and when the Curve dealt with injuries in the outfield, Macias was one of the ones to step up.

In 70 games overall on the season, Macias slashed .251/.287/.416 with nine home runs, 48 RBI and seven stolen bases. 

Brad Case

The relievers numbers weren’t overly impressive, but that was really due more to getting beat up in his brief time in Triple-A. Once he returned to Altoona he became a piece that wasn’t really talked about much when it comes to the bullpen’s success.

In 30 games with Altoona, all out the bullpen, Case posted a 3.92 ERA, striking out 58 batters in 62 innings pitched. He was relied on a lot of times to pitch multiple innings, especially in situations where the starter couldn’t make it deep into the game and Altoona was already trailing.

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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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skliesen

Every organization has organization fillers. I personally admire these guys for the personal sacrifices they make to chase their dreams. Always brings a smile to my face when an unheralded career MiLB player makes it to The Show.

As for the video, how about The Crack of the bat on Nicky Sticks HR?!!! Music to my ears!

AdministrativeSky236

Anyone see BCs interview/press conference today? I just saw some quotes, and words mean just slightly more than nothing, but seems like he was using all the right ones at least

b mcferren

any url to read a recap?

AdministrativeSky236

Just saw some tweets on 93.7 the fan twitter

Iowasteel

I might have picked Dombkowski. Went through three levels, and was dominant for most of the season. I suspect he might be topped out, but you never know. Great story for an undrafted free agent sign.

b mcferren

as the only talented right handed outfielder that we have, it is true and absurd that Macias is considered a depth guy

he should have got a shot before Madris…

PirateRican21

Gorski is right handed and supposed to be an above average outfielder, the name that came to mind after reading the title, Jared Oliva might be ahead of Macias, at least in my book.

Last edited 3 months ago by PirateRican21
AdministrativeSky236

I agree that gorski is the RH OF that I believe to have the highest ceiling

john_fluharty

I feel like Olivia should be 39 years old by now, but he’s really not that old.

leefieux

I don’t know about that, but I DO know that both have GREAT names. Fabricio missed his called as a movie star.

SBRO

Or a fashion brand icon. My wife wants a new Fabricio Macias purse but it’s on back-order.

john_fluharty

Or the new Fabio

b mcferren

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SBRO

Fabuloso is an intoxicant, in all the good ways.

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