Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Five Super Sleepers to Watch

Aug 11, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington (left) talks with manager Derek Shelton (right) during batting practice before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 11, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington (left) talks with manager Derek Shelton (right) during batting practice before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 18, 2020; Texas Longhorns second base Brenden Dixon (1) loses the baseball after maked an out over UTSA’s Nick Thornquist (33) during a game in Austin on Tuesday, Februery 18, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Lola Gomez/American-Statesman – USA TODAY Network
Feb 18, 2020; Texas Longhorns second base Brenden Dixon (1) loses the baseball after maked an out over UTSA’s Nick Thornquist (33) during a game in Austin on Tuesday, Februery 18, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Lola Gomez/American-Statesman – USA TODAY Network /

Infielder Brenden Dixon

Brenden Dixon came in the very last round of the 2021 MLB draft. Dixon was your typical late-round draft pick. Not many sites had him on their radars or even on Texas prospect radars. Texas is a pretty big baseball state with 98 total active MLB players, the third-highest from all 50 states.

Dixon’s first look at professional arms went very well. Although it was only a 43 plate appearance sample size, Dixon had ten hits, 4 of which went for extra bases (1 double and triple, two homers). This also came with ten walks. The only downside was 12 strikeouts.

Dixon was known for his great plate discipline at the dish. He racked up more walks than strikeouts while at Weatherford. Overall, he batted .335/.494/.633 while at college. Pretty good numbers for a 20th round draft pick.

Although Dixon was a late-round pick, he is an intriguing middle infield prospect. He needs to cut down on swings and misses, but he walks a ton and has hit for his fair share of power so far. What he’ll do in 2022 will remain to be seen, but you can’t help but watch to see if this 20th round selection can become something worthwhile in the long haul.

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