MLB Pipeline started their lists of the top ten prospects by position on Monday. Today’s list featured the top ten catchers. Both Endy Rodriguez and Henry Davis represent the Pittsburgh Pirates on the latest list.
Pipeline went with right-handed pitchers on Monday. That’s a list where you don’t go deep into the top 100 prospects list before you get ten right-handed pitchers, so it’s no surprise that no one from the Pirates made the list. For reference, Baseball America released their top 100 list today, and it took all of 32 spots to get to the tenth right-handed pitcher.
The left-handed pitcher list posted on Tuesday. The best left-handed pitcher in the Pirates system is Anthony Solometo, and he still has some work to do to be among the ten best in the game, though it’s not a particularly strong position (five top 100 prospects according to BA), so he might not be far off from cracking the back-end of the list if his 2023 season goes well.
Rodriguez ranks fifth among all catchers today for Pipeline, one spot ahead of Davis on the list. For comparison again with BA, Rodriguez is fourth for catchers for them, while Davis is ninth.
Pipeline ranks Davis as having the best arm for the top ten catchers, putting a 70 grade on his throwing. Rodriguez didn’t rank best among any tools for the group, but he got mentioned for the humblest beginnings due to his $10,000 bonus. Davis was mentioned as the most to prove due to his injuries.
We will post any future lists that have Pirates. That will probably be Friday when the second base list drops, but that could be the only other one we post because many of the Pirates top prospects are right-handed pitchers.
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.