Pirates prospects at the Altoona camp

By Garett Mansfield
AltoonaCurve.com

The future is now.

Although they are not wearing Curve uniforms, the players assigned to the Pirates alternative training site make up some of the best baseball talent ever assembled within Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Since 1999, Altoona has served as a vital training ground for Pittsburgh’s next crop of talent, much like we analyzed in a previous post leading up to the 2020 First-Year Player Draft in June. While wins, losses, batting averages and ERAs are not being tallied in satellite camp, some of the Pirates’ top prospects are getting valuable reps against their teammates.

The 2020 outlook for the Curve was a positive one that was loaded with future Major League talent. Ten of Baseball America’s Top 30 Pirates prospects entering this season played for A-Adv. Bradenton at some point in 2019, including four that reached Double-A Altoona by the end of the year. It is reasonable to believe that most of those names would have found their way to Altoona in 2020 before the season was shelved due to the coronavirus.

On the current Alternative Training Site roster, 15 players have have a spot on either Baseball America or MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 lists.

Here is a snapshot of those players:

Nick Gonzales – Mid-season #1 by Baseball America

Ke’Bryan Hayes – #2 by MLB.com and Baseball America

Oneil Cruz – #3 by MLB.com and Baseball America

Liover Peguero – #4 by Baseball America, #5 by MLB.com

Cody Bolton – #5 by Baseball America, #10 by MLB.com

Ji-Hwan Bae – #9 by Baseball America, #11 by MLB.com

Travis Swaggerty – #11 by Baseball America, #6 by MLB.com

Mason Martin – #15 by Baseball America and MLB.com

Nick Mears – #19 by Baseball America

Jared Oliva – #20 by Baseball America, #9 by MLB.com

Max Kranick – #23 by Baseball America, #21 by MLB.com

Will Craig – #24 by Baseball America, #19 by MLB.com

Blake Cederlind – #27 by Baseball America, #28 by MLB.com

Rodolfo Castro – #23 by MLB.com

Aaron Shortridge – #27 by MLB.com


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