The Rebuild of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Owen Ciavarino-Richard, Sports Writer

The Pittsburgh Pirates, for many years in a row now, have been on the struggle bus. In fact, before the 2013 season, the Pirates had a losing season for 20 consecutive years. Even if you aren’t a baseball fan, you would know that’s horrendous! Recently, the Pirates have gone back to consistently being one of the worst teams in the league. However, even with their recent struggles, the Pirates have shown some positives to their game. The Pirates are currently on the path to success as they are getting ready for the 2021 MLB season.

Now, it is quite obvious that their rebuild will not happen overnight, considering they have been one of the worst teams for a long time. However, the steps they are currently making may help shorten the process. The Pirates have been bringing in younger players draft from Double and Triple-A, which are the lower MLB leagues. Some young players that have a chance to have a very bright future within the league include Ke’Bryan Hayes, Oneil Cruz, and Nick Gonzalez.

When it comes to the younger players, each organization clearly wants to develop them properly, and one of the best ways to do this is to acquire experienced veterans to teach the players the way of the game in a more personal way. The Pirates, well aware of this, acquired veteran Todd Frazier, who has had plenty of experience within the MLB. After the trade of their star player at the time, most people questioned the move. However, the decision to trade away some of their best players seems to have been a good move, as they are currently 8-8.

Although it is only Spring Training, the Pittsburgh Pirates are already taking steps in the right direction, and they are setting themselves up for success, whether it is next year or ten years from now.