Pirates DVR: Canaan Smith-Njigba, JP Massey, Tres Gonzalez

Welcome to the Pirates Prospects daily video rundown, where we pull some of the top videos of the Pittsburgh Pirates across the internet. 

Canaan Smith-Njigba

The rookie hit a big two-out double in the first inning that scored a pair of runners. He showed a great approach at attacking the pitch, sending it the other way, bouncing off the Green Monster.

Tres Gonzalez

The outfielder was one of the few position players to be drafted by the Pirates last year. He picks up a RBI here in a scrimmage against the Baltimore Orioles.

Other Prospects In Action

Plenty of action going around with these four videos, including Javier Rivas, Luke Brown hitting a home run, a double play from Rayber Romero and Jesus Castillo, and finally an Abrahan Gutierrez double.

An interesting prospect to watch this year will be JP Massey, drafted out of Minnesota last year. He put up some good strikeout numbers, but really struggled with the control. You could see the stuff that allowed him to put up those strikeout numbers below. He will begin the season in Bradenton.

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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Nice to see CSN up there with an approach, not just hacking away!


I think he’s got a place on a winning Pirates team. High OBP player with a bit of pop, probably just a little below average.

Plus he’s a classy dude. On Saturday about 30 minutes before game time the Reds paraded some children on the field, and CSN went to the top of the dugout and greeted each kid as they walked by.

Not suggesting this is a reason for him to be on the roster, but it does suggest he understands he has an obligation to represent MLB and the Pirates organization with class. Makes him easy to root for. Getting 2-out RBI’s makes him easy to root for too.


He is listed as having spent 115 days in MLB coming into 2023 – he has only played 3 games for the Pirates – did he get injured while with the Pirates and all the time he was on the IL counted?

He’s a ballplayer and I am glad to see him up. A tough decision had to be made last off-season as to who to protect, and who to leave subject to Rule 5. I am positive the discussions involved both CSN and Blake Sabol.

And then both make the Active Rosters of their teams to start 2023. Regardless of how they arrived at the decision, CSN was the right choice for the Pirates and I hope he has a long career with the Pirates. Same to Sabol with the Giants – I’ll bet the Reds are kicking themselves on that one.


CSN was with the Pirates last season when he was injured. He was already on the 40-man this off-season. Sabol will be back once the Giants get healthy.


Sabol won’t be back if he hits.

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