New names on Pirates top 10 prospects list from Baseball America

The team's recent 1st round pick tops the list

The Pirates continue to build their farm system, which is considered on of the best in Major League Baseball.

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If the Bucs want to be competitive in the next couple years, they need their minor league system to be near the top.

Baseball America has just released the team’s latest top 10 list for Pittsburgh, and if features some new names after this past July’s draft.

Topping the list is a new name, Pirates first round draft pick 18-year-old Termarr Johnson out of Georgia.

Johnson was taken fourth overall in the draft and is committed to Arizona State.

“He has a track record of pummeling pitchers on the showcase circuit and some evaluators give his bat top-of-the-scale 80 grades,” said “One scout gave him a double Hall of Famer comparison by calling him a combination of Wade Boggs' plate discipline and Vladimir Guerrero Sr.'s bat-to-ball skills.”

Johnson comes to the Pirates organization with a ton of confidence.

“I’m a dynamic player,” Johnson said after the draft.  “I believe the Pirates got one of the best players in the Draft if not THE best player in the Draft.  I am going to work hard to make sure that I am the best player in the Draft, at the end of the day that is my goal.  And I want to be the most successful, not just be drafted.”

Coming in second is right handed pitcher Quinn Priester, who has been doing very well in Double A Altoona this season.

He has a 2.49 ERA over 43.1 innings pitched with 46 strike outs and 12 walks.

Thirds is Liover Peguero, who made his MLB debut against the San Francisco Giants for a game in June. He went 1-for-3 that day with a walk and struck out twice.

At Double-A Altoona, Peguero is batting .266 over 372 at bats with 99 hits, eight home runs, 42 RBI and 21 stolen bases.

Fourth on the Baseball America’s Pirates list is catcher Henry Davis, the first overall draft pick of the 2021 draft.

The Curve Catcher is currently on the 7-day injured list for the second time this season with a wrist injury. He’s been hit by a pitch nearly 20 times in 41 games.

Davis hit .268 with seven home runs in those 41 games he’s played so far.

Right handed pitcher Mike Burrows is fifth, currently with Triple-A Indianapolis, Burrows is 0-3 since being promoted from Double-A with a 5.34 ERA. Overall this season he has a 4-5 record with an ERA of 3.38.

Burrows is followed by catcher Endy Rodriguez, who was recently promoted to Double-A after playing 88 games for High-A affiliate Greensboro.

Overall this season, Rodriguez is batting .301 over 329 at bats. He has 24 doubles, 17 home runs and 58 RBI with an on base percentage of .940.

23-year-old Nick Gonzales, the Pirates first round pick (7th overall) in 2020 is the seventh-ranked prospect.

Gonzales has spent a lot of time on the injured list after he was placed on the 60-day IL back in June with a heel injury.

On Friday, he was assigned to the Curve after a rehab assignment with the Pirates’ rookie Florida Complex League.

In 164 at bats this season, Gonzales is batting .250 with 41 hits, 19 RBI and four home runs.

Another new name coming in eight on the list.

Pitcher Tom Harrington out of Sanford, NC was taken 36th overall by the Pirates in the 2022 draft.

He went 12-2 for Campbell University this past season with a 2.53 ERA.

High-A right handed pitcher Jared Jones is ninth, currently with High-A Greensboro is 5-6 for the Grasshoppers this season with a 5.08 ERA over 101 innings pitched.

Jones was taken in the second round of the 2020 draft, 44th overall by the Pirates.

Rounding out the Pirates top 10 is right handed pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski.

Taken 31st overall by the Pirates in 2020, Mlodzinski is 3-7 this year with a 4.81 ERA over 17 games started. He has 77 strike outs over 73 innings pitched.

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