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The joys of early season small samples – Pirates Prospects

ByRandall B. Phelps

Apr 14, 2022

The MLB season is just over a week old.

The minor league season didn’t even last a week for most teams.

Anyone who has followed baseball for a while knows that nothing major has happened yet that can be projected.

That’s not to say Chase De Jong, Austin Brice and Yerry De Los Santos’ combined draw last night wasn’t a highlight. This moment would certainly have Pirates fans wondering what any of these three pitchers could do in the majors.

That’s not to say Wil Crowe hasn’t looked terrific as a multi-inning reliever, with nine strikeouts in seven shutout innings so far. It’s just that there are only seven innings.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t get excited about the multiple home runs Cal Mitchell, Jase Bowen and Maikol Escotto hit in their first few weeks. It’s more like you shouldn’t be worried that Oneil Cruz hasn’t hit a home run yet.

That’s not to say Luis Peralta is the next dormant low-level prospect after himself tossing five no-hitters last night and striking out ten in the process, while sitting at 93-96 MPH. . It’s more like “here’s another good thing that happened”.

Because it was.

Luis Peralta had a great night last night. The trio Austin Brice, Chase De Jong and Yerry De Los Santos had an incredible evening.

Mitchell, Bowen and Escotto are off to a great start to the season. The same goes for Wil Crowe at the MLB level in a new role.

All of these signs are encouraging, and we could find many more by digging through the system.

We might also find signs of struggling players, who would be dismissed with the same small sample size warning.

We could all simply wait for the sample sizes to stabilize and then react positively or negatively, depending on the results.

But that takes the fun out of the process.

It takes the fun out of wondering next week if Peralta can do it again.

It takes the fun out of wondering if Mitchell, Bowen and Escotto are heading for big years in the energy department.

It takes the fun out of guessing what De Jong, Brice and/or De Los Santos might be in the majors.

And that takes the guesswork out of whether they’ll be sharing a paddock with Wil Crowe for years to come.

Baseball is supposed to be fun. Although the Pirates weren’t fun to watch overall, there were plenty of stories to follow in this system that provide the joy of watching baseball, even if it’s a small sample.

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