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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

P2Daily: Getting to Know the Newest Members of the Pirates 40-Man Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates set their 40-man roster today, protecting four prospects from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Two of those players — Endy Rodriguez and Mike Burrows — were universally expected to be protected.

From that point, I don’t know if I saw a consensus of who the Pirates would end up protecting. They ended up protecting Jared Triolo and Colin Selby.

You can read about each player below, and what you can expect going forward — along with what the additions might say about how the Pirates view Triolo and Selby.


It’s not a surprise that Rodriguez was added to the roster. He’s probably going to enter the 2023 season as a consensus top 100 prospect, possibly trending inside the top 50. In my book, he’s the best prospect in the system.

Endy Rodriguez is Looking Like the Best Prospect in the Pirates System

Rodriguez finished the season in Triple-A, and didn’t look like he had much to work on in Double-A from his time in Altoona. I could see Rodriguez taking over the starting catching job in Pittsburgh by the middle of 2023.


In addition to Quinn Priester — who isn’t Rule 5 eligible yet and isn’t on the 40-man — I think Mike Burrows can help to provide the Pirates with a rotation boost from the farm system.

Mike Burrows Worked Through a Challenge in Triple-A

The fact that Burrows has more time in Triple-A, and is now on the 40-man, will probably put him higher on the 2023 depth chart. I think he ends up in the MLB rotation by the middle of the season.


I’m not surprised that the Pirates added Triolo. He’s an amazing defender at third base, and is one of the top option from the farm system if Ke’Bryan Hayes goes down. The fact that the Pirates can replace an MLB Gold Glove candidate with a minor league Gold Glove winner is a huge plus for their defensive depth. Triolo can also play other positions, giving him a chance to break into the majors as a super utility guy. This also would have made it more likely for him to stick in the majors as a Rule 5 selection.

First Pitch: Jared Triolo is a Positive Emerging From the Pirates Farm System

Triolo is an on-base machine at the plate, with a .376 OBP this year in Double-A, including a .395 over the final two months. That was huge, as he saw a power boost down the stretch, without sacrificing his plus plate patience. I could see Triolo breaking into the majors as a bench option in 2023, which will be his age 25 season. He played third, short, and center field in 2022, and at the least would be an interesting super utility backup at those prime spots.


I won’t say that it’s a surprise that Selby was taken, especially with the stuff he possesses. Rylan Domingues from Tread Athletics had a breakdown earlier on Tuesday.

Anthony Murphy had some additional details on that slider from the Arizona Fall League.

What stands out to me from the first tweet is that Selby ranks above Yerry De Los Santos in stuff. Last year, De Los Santos wasn’t protected, despite good stuff and great numbers in Double-A. Selby has the advantage in stuff, and arguably had a more dominant season in Altoona.

De Los Santos eventually made it to the majors by the end of May. The fact that Selby was added suggests to me that the Pirates plan to use him earlier in the season. It also could suggest that they simply thought he could have been lost. Honestly, with that stuff and those results in Double-A, he should be on the radar for their bullpen. He just turned 25 last month, so the Pirates might as well get started seeing what he can do, rather than risk losing him. I don’t think it’s out of the question to see him get a legit shot to break Spring Training with the Major League team.

That’s a massive difference from where he was at the same point this year, returning from Tommy John surgery. Despite that, he at least had John Dreker’s attention heading into the year (the article below is from February 2022).

P2Daily: A Look a What Makes Colin Selby a Prospect to Watch

By the end of the 2022 season, Selby ended up on the 40-man roster. That’s quite the recovery.

Highlight of the Day

Pirates Prospects Daily

The big news today was the setting of the 40-man roster. Check out that article below.

**Pirates Add Endy Rodriguez, Mike Burrows, Colin Selby and Jared Triolo to 40-Man Roster

We also had our Article Drop, linked below in the Pirates Prospects Weekly.

Song of the Day

Pirates Prospects Weekly

The Pirates had a great season in the Arizona Fall League, with their players helping Surprise to a championship. The 2022 group included three first round picks who all stood out. John Dreker recapped the progress of the eight players in the AFL to lead off this week’s Article Drop.

Pirates 2022 AFL Recap: Three First Round Picks Stand Out in Arizona

Anthony Murphy recapped the debut of the 2022 draft picks earlier this week. There wasn’t much from those debuts. We’ve had more of a chance to see the 2019-2021 groups. Anthony broke all three classes down, based on what we saw this past season.

These classes include drafts under Ben Cherington and Neal Huntington. The amateur scouting department has largely stayed the same during this period. That department has been a growing strength in the organization for years. My takeaway from this article series is that the strength is still there. The Pirates are still finding a lot of future MLB talent. The question still remains whether they’ll be able to maximize that talent in Pittsburgh one day.

Recapping the First Full Professional Season From the Pirates 2021 Draft Class

Recapping the Progress of Ben Cherington’s First Draft Class With the Pirates

How Have the 2019 Pirates Draft Picks Performed After a Crazy Three Years?

We had weekly, monthly, and annual award winners this year. Check out all of the winners:

Pirates Prospects 2022 Award Winners

Check back tomorrow at noon for my latest column, looking at how the Pirates are adding talent in the rebuild.

Pirates Discussion

Weekly Pirates Discussion: Free Agent Targets For the 2023 Rotation

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Gee I just don’t get it. We still have 1/2 dozen stiffs on the roster yet they
leave a few guys worth protecting plus not leaving an open spot for
grabbing an unprotected player from someone else


I would have protected Bolton as he seems close and has good stuff. I bet he get claimed along with Gorski.


There’s going to be some angst in some cities? MLB TWEET:

‘176 players on Top 30 Prospects lists needed to be added to their team’s 40-man roster by last night’s deadline or become eligible for the Rule 5 Draft.

76 were protected, 100 were not.’


If teams did not care to protect their own prospects on the 40-man, will they really be eager to stuff their 25-man with someone elses?


I thought of that, too. All of those guys were rated higher than Gorski, among others.


Blake Sabol > Ali Sanchez


Everybody on the roster is better than Ali.


Not at actually catching, Sabol is rough back there and as of now is only Ali and Endy……


The point is that we don’t need to be rostering an Ali Sanchez. We can find his ‘ilk’ any where.


My read is that they think Endy is ready to be the starter. If you check https://blogs.fangraphs.com/author/elongenhagen/ you realize that few teams have space for Rule V players.


Agree on both points. The Rule V ain’t what it used to be. I still think Bolton gets taken.

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Glad to see JARED TRIOLO protected

I think he’s better than any of the Philllies starting IFs.


Im down for triolo for painter swap


I have a feeling that someone will snatch up Bolton. I’m not expecting Nunez, Thomas or Gorski to get grabbed, tho. The question is: Will we work a trade with some team to pick up a Rule V guy?


Bolton would be a sad loss imo, think he could be a top half pen guy this season at least


Same here, I won’t be too thrilled about losing Bolton if someone does snag him up


I have that feeling too on Bolton.


I thought all 4 of the players added to the 40 were deserving and I was glad to see the Pirates thin the herd of Pitchers they were carrying (Fernandez, Banuelos, Beasley) to help make room.

Still, looking at the 40, we have plenty of depth (possibly too much) at SP and RP, and since bringing on Choi, Vilade, and Andujar, why keep 8 OF, and 10 IF?

What functions are we considering for Diego Castillo and Hoy Park for instance? Is Kevin Newman tradeable? We have plenty of depth in the MI, and Bae needs to be up – he played well in a full season at AAA and very well in a late season cameo with the Pirates.


I would consider zero functions for Castillo and Park.


4th DH for Castillo, can’t see him in the field, anywhere 🙁


I need to recheck, but he had better fielding marks than Newman.


I was way off!

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