Young prospects who can develop the fastest


How quickly a player develops will always be on the minds of Major League Baseball organizations and their fans. This is especially true for the Pittsburgh Pirates and similar teams, as they must rely on player development to build their team’s major league roster. The Pirates have steadily built a decent farm system, but which young guys can develop the fastest (by young, I mean under 20)?

Thermar Johnson would be the most famous answer to that question. Johnson already has many attributes of a mature and disciplined hitter. MLB Pipeline highlights a statement from a scout who watched Johnson comparing him to Wade Boggs for his plate discipline and Vlad Guerrero Sr. for his plate coverage. Some even believe that his contact ability is a top tier 80 tool.

But he’s not strictly a contact hitter, either. This isn’t a Tucupita Marcano type who walks and avoids strikeouts, but with zero power. Johnson has the potential to be a consistent 20+ home run threat. Pipeline is exceptionally bullish on Johnson’s power, even going so far as to say he has the best power of all second base prospects. Even average power with Johnson’s mix of plate discipline and hand-eye coordination would make him a top prospect. But the fact that he has above-average power and above-average power makes him a highly touted name.

A few players stand out on the field of play. First up is the team’s most recent top international signing, Jun-Seok Shim. The South Korean right-hander opted out of the Korean Baseball Organization’s draft and opted to head to the United States instead. Shim was considered the best international pitcher by many publications, and for good reason. Shim sits at 94-96 MPH with his fastball and tops 100 MPH by his 20s. His curveball has a true 12-6 shape and feels like both his slider and changeup. The last two draft offerings in his arsenal are average to above average.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top