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Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes (wrist) will not require surgery and should be ready for the start of the 2022 season. (Source: Alex Stumpf on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for the Pirates and Hayes. He will look to take the next step after finishing the 2021 season with six home runs, nine stolen bases, and 38 runs batted in 96 games last season.


Oneil Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Sunday against the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz went deep off Mychal Givens in the ninth inning, his first of his career. As one of Pittsburgh's top prospects, he's likely to crack the Opening Day roster next year. Given his hot start, he could have some fantasy value in 2022.

Category: Game Recaps


Mitch Keller did not factor into the decision Sunday against the Reds, allowing one run on three hits and one walk in three innings. He struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: Keller was removed after just 52 pitches, though he looked decent for the time he was in. In 100.2 innings in 2021, Keller amassed a 6.17 ERA and 1.79 WHIP with 92 strikeouts. He was once a highly regarded prospect, but he has failed to live up to that hype thus far.

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Bryan Reynolds went 4-for-5 with a double, , a triple, an RBI, and a run scored Saturday against the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Reynolds drove in a run with a triple in the sixth inning. In 2021, he's batting .303 with 24 home runs, 90 RBI, and a .914 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps


Chris Stratton picked up the save Saturday against the Reds, striking out one in one inning.

Fantasy Impact: Stratton successfully protected a two-run lead on Saturday. He emerged as the go-to option in the Pirates' bullpen. He owns a 3.63 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 79.1 innings with 86 strikeouts.

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Max Kranick did not factor into the decision Saturday against the Reds, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits across four innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: Kranick allowed runs in all but one innings in which he appeared. He finishes 2021 with a 6.28 ERA and 1.71 WHIP across 38.2 innings with 32 strikeouts.

Category: Game Recaps


Cole Tucker went 2-for-5 with a triple, a grand slam, and two runs scored Friday against the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Tucker tripled and came in to score in the first inning; he then blasted a grand slam in the eighth. In 112 at-bats this season, Tucker is batting .214 with two homers and 10 RBI.

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Wil Crowe (5-8) picked up a win in his final start of 2021 Friday, tossing six scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and two walks. He struck out nine.

Fantasy Impact: This was a surprising gem for Crowe, who has been pretty brutal all season. He finishes 2021 with a 5.48 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across 116.2 innings with 111 strikeouts. He won't be on the fantasy radar in 2022, but at least he can spend the offseason remembering this solid start.

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Miguel Yajure (0-2) took the loss Thursday against the Cubs, allowing seven runs on seven hits and two walks in two innings. He struck out one.

Fantasy Impact: Yajure got through the first allowing just one run, but had a nightmare inning in the second, allowing six to cross the plate. He was pretty awful in 15 innings this season, posting a 8.40 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP while walking seven.

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Roansy Contreras made his MLB debut Wednesday against the Cubs. He tossed three innings while allowing three hits and one walk. He struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: The 21-year-old was lights out in the minors this season, and the Pirates gave him a chance to prove himself before the end of the 2021 season. He may not make another start this season, but he's an interesting commodity in dynasty going forward.

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Colin Moran went 2-for-2 with two walks, a three-run home run, four RBI, and two runs scored Tuesday against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Moran catalyzed the Pirates' offense Tuesday, delivering a three-run homer in the second and following it up with an RBI single in the seventh. This season, he's batting .267 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI in 300 at-bats.

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Connor Overton (0-1) took the loss Monday against the Reds, allowing four runs on six hits in one inning. He struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: It was a nightmare inning for Overton, who functioned as the Pirates' opener on Monday. In 15.1 innings this season, he holds a 4.70 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. He's not and should not be on the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps


Wilmer Difo went 1-for-1 with a pinch hit home run Friday against the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Difo went deep for a two-run homer in the seventh inning to tie the score. He's batting .271 with four homers and 22 RBI in 207 at-bats this season.

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Ben Gamel went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk, and two runs scored Tuesday against the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Gamel went yard off Tyler Mahle in the fourth inning. He also walked and came in to score. The utility outfielder is batting .252 with season with 25 RBI and a .746 OPS.

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Yoshi Tsutsugo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI, and two runs scored Monday against the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Tsutsugo went yard in the first inning to greet Vladimir Gutierrez. He later added an RBI single. He's batting .223 this season with eight home runs. He's batting .375 over his last eight games.

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Dillon Peters did not factor into the decision Monday against the Reds, allowing four runs on four hits in three innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: Peters allowed all four runs in the third inning, falling victim to a potent Reds lineup. This was the first time in six starts that Peters allowed more than three runs. He now owns a 3.71 ERA across 26.2 innings with 23 strikeouts.

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Hoy Park went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run Sunday against the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Park delivered a clutch two-run homer in the ninth to take the lead. Park is batting a measly .184 in 103 at-bats this season with three homers and 10 RBI.

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Bryse Wilson (3-7) picked up the win Saturday against the Marlins, allowing two runs on four hits across five innings. He walked none and struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson was full lockdown through four innings before allowing a two-run homer in the fifth. This season, Wilson has a 4.88 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 72 innings with 44 strikeouts.

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Pirates RP David Bednar (oblique) has already resumed playing catch. (Source: Jake Crouse on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bednar was placed on the injured list Tuesday due to an oblique strain, but it looks like he'll be able to return when first eligible. The 26-year-old has had a breakout season in Pittsburgh's bullpen and was trending towards becoming the go-to closer before going down. Chris Stratton will handle saves for the time being.

Category: Injury Updates


Jacob Stallings went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and one run scored Tuesday against the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Stallings singled in a run in the first inning, then drove in another with a double in the fifth. This season, he's batting .241 with eight home runs and a .697 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps