Liover Peguero Arizona Diamondbacks

Age: 20 (December 31, 2000) | 6' 1" | 160lbs. | Bats: Right
ARI R 2019 38 143 34 52 12 34 7 3 5 27 8 1 .364 .410 .559 8 22 .448 n/a
ARI A- 2019 22 84 13 22 8 17 4 2 0 11 3 1 .262 .333 .357 9 18 .328 n/a
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Up from the depths by virtue of being promoted to the third best prospect on the Pirates by BP.

  • 3.
  • Liover Peguero
  • SS
  • Born: 2000-12-31
  • B: Right
  • T: Right
  • H: 6′ 1″
  • W: 160 lbs.
  • Signed July 2nd, 2017 by Arizona out of the Dominican Republic for $475,000; acquired from the Diamondbacks for Starling Marte.

The Report: Peguero stands out right away when his batting practice starts for loud, hard contact. The swing is incredibly short, but he has elite hand/wrist strength that allows him to punish baseballs. Peguero is still prone to chase, but the barrel control is strong enough that he can get to most pitches thrown his way. He does not cut the most physical figure on the field, but as a player who just turned 20, he already has most of his adult strength. Oh, he is also a plus runner with above-average arm strength in the field. Most of the mistakes I have seen from him at shortstop can be ironed out over time and with more defensive reps—not getting enough on a throw, being too casual, going too fast when not needed.

Development Track: Peguero may partner up with Gonzales as the everyday double-play combination for Low-A Bradenton in 2021. He could also be pushed more aggressively since he is Rule 5 eligible after next season and is an obvious protection candidate. A full season of games could see Peguero shoot up next year’s Pirates list and into the Top 101.

OFP: 60 / First-division shortstop

Variance: Medium. There are enough tools here that even if he moves off SS, he will find an above-average defensive position somewhere. The home run power may be less than you would hope given his frame but this is still nearly a five-tool player, and tools play. —Steve Givarz

Major league ETA: Late 2022/Early 2023

Mark Barry’s Fantasy Take: Reason 2,304,283 that I’m mad about 2020 is that it deprived us of seeing Peguero’s progression in Pittsburgh. The dude makes a ton of contact and could even see some of those high-contact batted balls wind up over the fence. He reminds me a little of Jean Segura or Whit Merrifield (minus some steals), and while those aren’t overly tantalizing names, they still keep Peguero in the top-75 dynasty prospects or so.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 13