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PBN Around the Horn: Three Prospects Who Could Breakout in 2022

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Thursday night MLB Pipeline came out with a breakout prospect candidate for each MLB club in 2022. For the Pirates, Pipeline chose Cal Mitchell, and his slash line in 2021 was .279/.328/.423. Reading Pipeline’s reasoning makes sense, but honestly, I was shocked they went a little off the radar with their choice. I can’t be the only one who thought they’d choose a Oneil Cruz or Roansy Contreras just to pander to the crowd.

With all that being said, it got me thinking about who would my candidates for a breakout season. I’m taking the word “breakout” as who will jump on the radar instead of potentially making the major league roster, soooo let’s go!

  1. Po-Yu Chen Pitcher- Absolutely dominated the competition in the FCL and showcased his control walking none; however, he lost some of that control in Low-A, walking 12. The 20-year-old pitcher will surely be tested in Bradenton next season, and I think his control will prevail. 
  2. Endy Rodriguez Catcher- I put the term catcher lightly; this young man is one of the most athletic players I’ve seen in quite some time. He could move to second base right now and be just fine, the same goes for the outfield. That .294 average, along with an OPS of .892, doesn’t hurt either. 
  3. Jared Triolo Infielder- Triolo came out of nowhere in 2021; not only did he show impressive defensive abilities along with a rare stat line, or at least rare for the Greensboro roster in 2021. He was better away from home than at the hitter haven known as FNB Field. Triolo hit .262 at home with an OPS of .752 but had a .336 average with an OPS of .915. Altoona will be the test for Triolo.

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