Acquired from the San Diego Padres in late July, outfielder Jack Suwinski brings some big power potential to the Pittsburgh Pirates and their farm system
The Pittsburgh Pirates made a flurry of trades leading up to July’s trade deadline. One of these trades saw the team send Adam Frazier to the San Diego Padres in exchange for three prospects. One of these prospects was outfielder Jack Suwinski.
The left-handed hitting 23-year-old Suwinski spent the entire 2022 season at the Double-A level. His time at the Double-A level was split the San Antonio Missions in the Padre farm system and then the Altoona Curve after he joined the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Overall on the season Suwinski had 449 plate appearances in 111 games played between the San Diego and Pittsburgh organizations. Suwinski hit for a .262/.383/.485 slash line to go with a 134 wRC+ and an isolate slugging (ISO) of .223.
Suwinski drew walks at a healthy 15.6% rate. However, the swing-and-miss was a concern from Suwinski as he struck out in 27.8% of his trips to the plate. Suwinski hit line-drives at a 20.1% rate and did a good job of keeping the ball off the ground with just 34.0% ground ball rate.
After coming to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Suwinski had 182 PAs in 45 games played with the Curve. Suwinski hit for a .252/.359/.391 with a 110 wRC+ and an ISO of .139 during his time with Altoona.
Suwinski is Rule 5 Draft eligible this offseason and will likely be added to the 40-man roster. If the Pirates did not intend to add Suwinski to the 40-man roster, then, odds are, they would not have acquired him in the Frazier trade.
Assuming Suwinski is added to the 40-man roster he will likely start the 2022 season at Triple-A Indianapolis. This could put Suwinski in position to make his MLB debut at some point during the 2022 season.
Suwinski has the ability to be a solid left-handed power hitter in the Majors. While Suwinski may never be an every day player due his swing-and-miss issue he can become a solid fourth outfielder/bench bat type.