The Pittsburgh Pirates haven't made the playoffs since 2015 and are fresh off their second straight 100-loss season. Fortunately, there's hope for the franchise thanks to an abundance of young talent.
Back in late August, the Pirates ranked No. 7 in MLB.com's farm system rankings. One of the most promising talents in their system is catcher/utilityman Endy Rodriguez, who's ranked No. 6 in Pittsburgh's system.
Rodriguez proved his potential by winning Pirates Minor League Player of the Year for 2022. The award is given to any minor leaguer in the organization, regardless of position or level.
The 22-year-old began the year in High-A and finished on the Triple-A roster, rising quickly through the minors. He slashed .323/.407/.590 with 25 home runs in over 500 plate appearances across all three levels, suggesting a potential call-up to the majors in 2023 may be on the horizon.
Reports suggest Rodriguez's offense took off once he began playing more regularly at catcher. The Pirates' No. 1 prospect, Henry Davis, is also a catcher, however, so one of them may either need to switch positions or be traded at some point.
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