Travis Swaggerty Pittsburgh Pirates

Age: 23 (August 19, 1997) | 5' 11" | 180lbs. | Bats: Left Minors: of-121 cf-121
PIT A+ 2019 121 457 79 121 57 116 20 3 9 40 23 8 .265 .347 .381 11 23 .334 n/a
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Changes things doesn't it. Maybe there will be some growth.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

Is it possible a season spent entirely at the alternate site accelerated the progress of a player like this?

From BP:

  • 7.
  • Travis Swaggerty
  • OF
  • Born: 1997-08-19
  • B: Left
  • T: Left
  • H: 5′ 11″
  • W: 180 lbs.
  • Drafted 10th overall in the 2018 draft, University of South Alabama; signed for $4.4 million.

The Report: At times in 2019 Swaggerty struggled, but he finished the second half on a strong note, as he slashed .306/.375/.430 over his final 63 games in the rough offensive environment of Bradenton. He made adjustments controlling his forward movement, getting to his hitting position on time more and honing in his launch position. With these positive progressions, paired with his approach and bat control, a continued, if delayed, surge could happen in 2021. In the outfield, Swaggerty’s instincts and speed make him a plus center fielder. Additionally, in 2019 he swiped 23 bags in the Florida State League, tied for fifth in the circuit, which, along with his defense, will be his two most notable calling cards in the majors.

Development Track: So far, the Pirates have been fairly aggressive with the former first rounder. After scuffling at the end of 2018 in the South Atlantic League, Swaggerty was sent to High-A Bradenton to begin 2019. So an assignment to start 2021 in Double-A Altoona, or even Triple-A Indianapolis after competing at the alternate site, to test Swaggerty’s revamped swing wouldn’t be a shock, especially given the way he finished 2019. 

OFP: 55 / Above-average center fielder

Variance: Medium. The glove and speed tools should carry Swaggerty to an outfield bench role in the bigs. How much impact he has with the bat is the question here. —Forest Stulting 

Major league ETA: Late 2021 / Early 2022

Mark Barry’s Fantasy Take: It will be very interesting to see how Swaggerty’s adjustments will carry over to competitive action. He already has a solid fantasy skillset with contact/speed, and if he can add anything to it, that’s a super playable profile. I’d be making some inquiries on Swaggerty before we kick off the 2021 campaign, because if he starts out the season hitting, he won’t be cheap.

Alex Patton Alex