Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Best Players Added Via International Free Agency

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Rodolfo Castro #64 of the Pittsburgh Pirates gestures after he hit a home run against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a game at Citi Field on July 11, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Rodolfo Castro #64 of the Pittsburgh Pirates gestures after he hit a home run against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a game at Citi Field on July 11, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 04: Solomon Maguire poses during a portrait session at Castle Hill Knight Baseball Field on September 04, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. MLB club, the Pittsburgh Pirates, have signed 17 year old Maguire in a deal worth almost $1 Million. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 04: Solomon Maguire poses during a portrait session at Castle Hill Knight Baseball Field on September 04, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. MLB club, the Pittsburgh Pirates, have signed 17 year old Maguire in a deal worth almost $1 Million. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) /

Number 5 – outfielder Solomon Maguire

One of the Pittsburgh Pirates more recent international signings, the Bucs picked up Solomon Maguire out of Australia. He’s one of the organization’s youngest players, but also one of the higher ceiling prospects in the system as well.

The Pittsburgh Pirates were able to land him after they acquired more international bonus slot money in the Starling Marte trade, essentially getting three high ceiling prospects for the veteran infielder.

Maguire only collected 46 plate appearances down at the Florida Complex League where he put up a poor .146/.288/.292 line, .286 wOBA, and 63 wRC+. However, he did draw walks at a strong 16.9% rate. He also only had a batting average on balls in play of .156. Sure, small sample size, but there were some positives to take away from it despite overall poor results.

Many scouts see good power, plus speed, and good fielding out in center. He’s more than fast enough to remain in center long term, even as he loses a step as he fills out. Maguire has good bat speed, a trait that the Pittsburgh Pirates like in their prospects. He also has a projectable 5-11,168 pound frame. 2022 will only be his age-19 season, so he has plenty of time to figure things out before he even is in consideration for a promotion.

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