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Fangraphs Reveals Their Updated Top Pirates Prospects List

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We had two new top prospects lists for the Pittsburgh Pirates come out yesterday. The Athletic and ESPN both released their list of the top prospects for the Pirates. Fangraphs adds a third one in a short time period. They went 43 deep on their list, as well as adding other names of note, so there’s a lot to read here.

Unlike the other lists released yesterday, Fangraphs has not posted their top 100 prospects list yet, so we didn’t already have some idea of the top of their list. Their top ten, in order, includes:

Termarr Johnson, Endy Rodriguez, Henry Davis, Luis Ortiz, Quinn Priester, Liover Peguero, Mike Burrows, Bubba Chandler, Jared Triolo and Ji-hwan Bae.

I won’t go through the entire list. It’s a free article, so anyone can read it, and each player in the top 43 has a report you can check. I’ll point out some interesting placements.

After finishing yesterday’s article by noting that I was surprised no one has mentioned Carlos Jimenez yet, we get a Carlos Jimenez ranking. Fangraphs has him 17th overall in the system, ahead of some bigger name prospects.

Those bigger name prospects that might surprise you are Anthony Solometo (20th), Malcom Nunez (22nd) and Nick Gonzales (23rd). Travis Swaggerty made a top ten yesterday, but he’s 31st here.

Matt Gorski is a notable omission from the top 43. He seems like the most notable from that group, though some others might think Matt Fraizer, Connor Scott, Hudson Head or Sergio Campana belong in that group. Andres Alvarez, who was invited to big league camp, didn’t even get an honorary mention.

Jun-Seok Shim, who is considered to be the top international signing by the Pirates this year, ranks 19th in the system. He didn’t get the biggest bonus in this current class, but he was also considered to be a steal.

From last year’s international signing class, Yordany De Los Santos ranks 12th, and Tony Blanco Jr ranks 18th.

From the 2022 draft class, you have Johnson, followed by Thomas Harrington (13th), Hunter Barco (21st), Michael Kennedy (27th) and Jack Brannigan (33rd).

I mentioned this yesterday, but the focus in Asia recently has Bae (10th), Shim (19th), Po-Yu Chen (26th) and Tsung-Che Cheng (34th) among the top prospects.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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.

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