Now more than ever, the jump from Triple-A to the major leagues is seemingly harder than it’s ever been before.
Looking around the league, prospects in their first stint at the MLB level more often than not are having difficulties making the transition.
This includes player such as Seattle Mariners All-Star Julio Rodriguez, who now is the clear frontrunner for American League Rookie of the Year, but owned just a .625 OPS through the middle of May.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are no exception.
In a rebuilding year, the Bucs have had numerous first-time players on their roster, and just about every single one of those players didn’t get off to the start they had hoped.