Pirates Fans Will Love ESPN's Top-100 MLB Prospects List

Devon Platana
Pittsburgh Pirates fans will love the ESPN's top-100 MLB prospects list.
Pittsburgh Pirates fans will love the ESPN's top-100 MLB prospects list. / Justin Berl/GettyImages

As the ongoing MLB lockout continues to dominate baseball headlines, Minor League Baseball is still scheduled to start on time on April 8.

MiLB Spring Training is right around the corner and fans will be doing what they can to watch baseball's top prospects. ESPN's Kiley McDaniel has recently added to the hype by releasing his top 100 prospects ahead of the 2022 season.

Pittsburgh Pirates fans, in particular, will be thrilled with McDaniel's list.

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Pirates fans should be thrilled that McDaniel has ranked two of their prospects inside of the top 50. Shortstop Oneil Cruz comes in at No. 13 on the list, while catcher Henry Davis is No. 39.

McDaniel describes Cruz as a "unique" talent who could be the MLB's version of NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 23-year-old currently stands at 6-foot-7 and has received an 80-grade for raw power, with McDaniel saying that Cruz has the potential to hit 40 home runs one day.

Cruz showed a glimpse at what he could do in a small MLB sample size last season. He saw nine at-bats for the Pirates, ending his short stint with three hits, one home run and three RBIs.

The first overall selection at the 2021 MLB Draft, Davis projects to be a special player as well. He had 15 homers and 48 RBIs on .370/.483/.663 in 184 at-bats with the Louisville Cardinals during the 2021 college baseball season.

McDaniel is now giving Davis 70-grade raw power, however, one area of concern is defense. He isn't developing as quickly there as the Pirates would like, so it's looking like his future may lie at first or third base.

Nevertheless, the future is looking bright in Pittsburgh despite five sub-.500 campaigns over the last six seasons. If their top prospects develop as hoped, the Pirates could be on the upswing in no time.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.