The Pittsburgh Pirates has been a great team for the last couple of years and they are one of the favorites to win the World Series. This year is different though, as the team is in rebuilding mode after dealing off several big names over the off season. However, one player that has had his way with the team is Carlos Guillon, who has put up huge numbers the last couple of years. He has established himself as a solid middle-line player and a top 10 pick in most fantasy drafts. Here is how you can draft him and get an edge on the competition.
First, you have to realize that the Pirates are in rebuilding mode right now and that means the Pittsburgh Pirates vs New York Mets players they bring in will not be the star-caliber players that they have been in the past. The hitters that the team has brought in include Nick Swisher, Aaron Judge, and Jung Ho Kang. These three haven’t had stellar offensive seasons, but each one of them should be able to produce at least a decent average. If you go after a player like Judge or Swisher right now, it won’t matter how good Kang is at the plate because either one of those players can simply swing the other way. So instead, you need to focus on quality starting pitchers. Luckily, the Pirates have several starting pitchers that are solid options so you can find a great one if you’re willing to put in the work.
Second, you need to take advantage of the offense that the team has developed over the past few years. This year’s crop of players includes arguably the most talented hitter in the minors in Carlos Santana. Santana has hit the ball hard the last couple of years and he has made himself into just the kind of player who can go off with a great performance every single time he steps up to the plate. The Pirates have one of the best defenses in baseball, and they are also loaded with young players that should develop into star types down the line, so this is a season to load up on late picks.