Tuesday afternoon, Pirates fans’ were treated to a pretty cool graphic done by Greg Harvey of Between the Numbers. In the graphic, Harvey listed the Pirates’ WAR leaders every year since 1882. Watching the leaders change and watching the numbers grow bigger and bigger was impressive, and it showed the storied history of the Pirates.
Unfortunately, the Pirates have found themselves rebuilding over the past five or so years, and those current team WAR leaders have dwindled in terms of career numbers. Listed below are the current Pirates’ WAR leaders.
- Bryan Reynolds: 8.7 career WAR
- Ke’Bryan Hayes: 3.2 career WAR
- Mitch Keller: 2.1 career WAR
- Chris Stratton: 1.6 career WAR
- Kevin Newman: 1.4 career WAR
- Ben Gamel: 1.4 career WAR
- David Bednar: 1.2 career WAR
- Yoshi Tsutsugo: .7 career WAR
Obviously, this current group of Pirates isn’t expected to challenge for a pennant, and the rebuild will continue, but with time, maybe we can see that Pirates develop a new WAR leader or at least one that can contend for a spot.
Let us know at Pittsburgh Baseball Now if there is a current player on the Pirates that can challenge or even a prospect? Reynolds is a choice, but will he stay and continue his ways? Who knows, folks.