Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League All Star 2nd Team
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After going over the Minor League position player and pitcher of the year for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Matt Fraizer and Quinn Priester, we now go over our system All-Stars, starting with the second team.
The format went around the diamond for the position players, and then three starting pitchers and two relief.
Catcher - Blake Sabol .310/.406/.551 13 HR, 45 RBI, 30 XBH, 6 SB
Sabol got late start to the season, but he made up for it mashing his way quickly through Bradenton before settling in with the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
While he was drafted as an outfielder, injuries forced Sabol to be regular behind the plate, a position he played at USC. The Pirates heavily invested in addressing the depth at the position, and Sabol was one of the most consistent power hitters to play there.
First Baseman - Will Matthiessen .247/.335/.449 15 HR, 76 RBI, 33 XBH, SB
The tall righty began the year in Bradenton before making his way to Greensboro after injuries forced his promotion. He struggled out the gate with the Grasshoppers but when he made the proper adjustments, he hit the ball like you would expect a player of his stature would.
Second Baseman - Rodolfo Castro .255/.306/.464 15 HR, 54 RBI, 32 XBH, 7 SB
Castro made himself known on the national stage after setting a record with his first five hits being home runs. If you watched Altoona this season, that shouldn't have come as a surprise. Recently called up to Indianapolis, he's hit there too and was name Player of the Week recently.
Third Baseman - Dariel Lopez .258/.341/.393 10 HR, 64 RBI, 28 XBH, SB
The 19-year old Lopez had a decent full season debut, and it's that much better when you take his age into account. He struggled with errors (was still named the best defensive third baseman in Low-A Southeast by opposing managers) but Lopez was one of the Bradenton Marauders top run producers.
Shortstop - Liover Peguero .270/.332/.444 14 HR, 45 RBI, 35 XBH, 28 SB
Considering his age, where he played this past season (Greensboro) and the numbers he put up, I'm willing to bet most teams would love to have him as their top performing shortstop in their system. Peguero, acquired in the Starling Marte trade, reached double digits in both home runs and stolen bases.
Outfield - Matt Gorski .223/.294/.416 17 HR, 56 RBI, 35 XBH, 18 SB
Baseball America recognized his 20-20 upside when he was drafted, and while he has a ways to go to, 2021 he flashed those tools in Greensboro. We will have to just imagine what could have been if he hadn't missed time with an injury.
Outfield - Hudson Head .213/.362/.394 15 HR, 50 RBI, 32 XBH, 3 SB
Few had as confusing a year than Head did. The on-base percentage, power, and run producing ability was amazing considering it was his first full season. The average didn't really do him any favors and he wasn't really active on the base paths. We'll take the 15 home runs and plus defense in the outfield though.
Outfield - Cal Mitchell .279/.328/.426 12 HR, 62 RBI, 33 XBH, 6 SB
Mitchell doesn't really stand out among the rest of the players in the minors, he does nothing but go out and hit. A former second round pick, Mitchell put up career numbers in Altoona and is wrapping up the season in Triple-A
Starting Pitcher - Adrian Florencio 6-4 2.46 ERA, 95 IP, 117 K, 1.05 WHIP
The staff Ace, if you will, of the Low-A Southeast champions, Florencio was one of the better pitchers in the league this past season. Florencio led the entire Low-A Southeast in innings pitched and strikeouts.
Starting Pitcher - Trey McGough 6-5 3.19 ERA, 113 IP, 90 K, 1.12 WHIP
There isn't really flashy about the Johnstown's native game, but he just gets outs. One of a small few to record over 100 innings in the regular season, McGough was one of the most reliable pitchers in the Pirates system this season.
Starting Pitcher - Luis Ortiz 5-3 3.09 ERA, 87 1/3 IP, 113 K, 1.26
Along with Florencio, Ortiz combined to form one of the most formidable 1-2 punches in the division this season, each topping 100 strikeouts on the season.
Relief Pitcher - Cam Alldred 4-0 2.26 ERA, 63 2/3 IP, 56 K, 1.16 WHIP
Alldred was one of the most reliable pitchers out of Altoona's bullpen this season before eventually getting the call to Indianapolis. The 24-year old out of the University of Cincinnati logged 23 multi-inning outings as a reliever this season.
Relief Pitcher - Oliver Mateo 5-2 4.78 ERA, 37 2/3 IP, 82 K, 1.51 WHIP
Don't mind the high ERA, or WHIP, Mateo was one of the best relief pitchers in all of the minor leagues. The Low-A managers recognized this when they named him the pitcher with the best fastball and breaking ball.
That shows up again with his mind-boggling 82 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings pitched. That's easily an average north of two punch outs per inning.
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