Pittsburgh Pirates: Five Forgotten Position Player Prospects

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Outfielder Sammy Siani

Sammy Siani was a first-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2019. They selected him with the 37th overall pick in the draft. The outfielder hasn’t done all that great throughout his minor league career yet, but he’s still very young as 2021 was just his age-20 campaign.

Siani stepped to the plate 258 times with Low-A Bradenton posting a solid .215/.376/.390 line, .370 wOBA, and 116 wRC+. When it came to getting on base, Siani was very good at it. Despite only having a .215 batting average, he had an OBP that was approaching .400. He drew walks at an insane 20.2% rate. For reference, only two batters had a 20%+ walk rate in at least 250 plate appearances in the major leagues this year. That was Juan Soto and Yasmani Grandal.

The outfielder also showed some pop. He blasted 9 home runs while having a .175 isolated slugging percentage. By no means was he putting up phenomenal power numbers, but nothing to scoff at either. That comes out to about 18 home run pace over 600 plate appearances.

Siani is considered a plus runner, but there’s nothing he does overly well, nor noticeably poorly. According to FanGraphs, he’s just a well-rounded player with good athleticism. Siani may not be up there with Travis Swaggerty, Hudson Head, or Lonnie White, but he’s displayed fantastic patience at the plate. If he can continue to show that, as well as average pop, he’d be a pretty good table-setter at the top of the lineup.

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