Pittsburgh Pirates 2021 Season Breakdown

Starting Lineup Overview:

C: Stallings not drafted. 

Not a good player, no power spent too much time in minors now 30 yr old. The also have Tony Wolters who is a ground ball hitter only who is bottom of the league in all stats. Only used for defense and should get pinched by guys like Garret Hampson, Raimel Tapia, and Brendon Rogers whenver ready to step up.

1B: Colin Moran: 2013 June Draft – Round: 1, Pick: 6

Another league average hitter which is fine. Improved his batting numbers except declined in OBP. Maintains .277 AVG. line drive rate of about 25% from 2019. For 2021, look for him to keep his power up getting HR production.

2B: Adam Frazier: 2013 June Draft – Round: 6, Pick: 13:

The Lefty has average numbers all around. Played a lot with 608 PA, average hitter in all respects in 19′. He could be in a platoon with Kevin Newman due to weak power. Newman can get on base and steal so use vs. righties. Should be up more in order.

3B: Ke’Bryan Hayes 2015 June Draft – Round: 1, Pick: 32

With 1.8 WAR in 24 games, he looks to increase his fantasy value being a selective hitter who is an aggressive runner on base. Emerging power to left and left center who has high upside for the season.

SS: Erik Gonzalez

He may seem like a low upside utility guy but can go deep if given the opportunity, especially if he can lower the SO rate.

LF: Bryan Reynolds: 2016 Draft – Round: 2, Pick: 18; His BA and SLG dropped down to normal rate as expected for 2020 due to a .387 BAPIP or batting avg. for balls in play. not much of a base stealer but showed decent power with .189 ISO and 16 HR in his rookie yr. Expected BA of .296 in 2019. For 2020 he did not do so well in any category however I can’t see all that potential go to waste, so I will say he gets on base at at least a .320 clip closer to 2019

CF: Anthony Alford

With a sub .200 BA for his career, it goes to show how bad the situation is in Pittsburgh. Safe to say there is no fantasy value. Look for the next guy up unless they stick with Alford needing his ability in centerfield.

RF: Gregory Polanco: It may be fairly easy for Polanco to bounce back to his 2018 seasonal type numbers. Needs the AB’s to back into the swing of being a 20 homer 10 steal a yr guy. His SO rate also keeps falling, de-valuing him for 2021. He has produced nicely, seemingly coming in spring in shape.

  1. Jerrod Dyson: 2006 Draft – Round: 50; Too high SO rate last yr, needs to bring down or Guillermo Heredia: Not drafted; You can only play him against Lefties.

Starting Pitchers:

  1. Joe Musgrove RHP: 2011 June Draft – Round: CAs, Pick: 13, Overall: Decent pitcher but susceptible to Lefties giving up .334 wOBA against in 2019. Really developed his Strikeout potential. Has a slider and curveball to go along with a high SO fastball.
  2. Jameson Taillon Do we have ourselves a potential future ace in the making? There have quite a few coming through. We will have to wait and see how he does after the 2nd Tommy John Surgery. Risk/reward upside in drafts.
  3. Mitch Keller RHP: 2014 June Draft – Round: 2, Pick: 23; Went well over 1 IP/SO rate getting 12 K/9. Hot prospect now and upside for DFS. 95 mph high end prospect fastball thrower better vs righties by about an earned run so there’s a spot to attack with lefties. He needs to improve his SO rate.
  4. Steven Brault LHP: 2013 June Draft – Round: 11, Pick: 23 Not really a DFS or Points league option however, he’s got a pitch mix that keeps him in games long enough with fine results vs. both lefties and righties.
  5. J.T. Brubaker RHP: Brubaker was an interesting take in deeps leagues or in DFS last year. The sinker/slider combo worked well for 9.1K/9 which led the starters.

Keone Kela: Closer with 24 saves 2 yrs ago.


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