Pittsburgh Pirates: Five Forgotten Prospects Who Could Impact 2022
By Noah Wright
Outfielder Jack Suwinski
Jack Suwinski was one of the three players sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Adam Frazier trade. Suwinski had an exceptional breakout campaign at the Double-A level. He’s showed improvement in 2021 and could end up as an outfield and DH option for the Pirates sometime this year.
Before the trade Suwinski had put up a .269/.398/.551 line, boasting a 16.9% walk rate and .282 isolated slugging percentage. Between his phenomenal patience at the plate and upper deck power, Suwinski ended up with a .412 wOBA and 150 wRC+.
After arriving in Altoona, he did see a downtick in power but overall put up solid numbers. Suwnski hit .252/.359/.391 with a .337 wOBA, and 110 wRC+. Suwinski still walked at a healthy 13.7% rate, but his isolated slugging percentage plummeted to .139, a 143 point drop during his time with the Padre Double-A affiliate. Overall, he was still an above-average hitter, albeit with little power.
The downside to Suwnski’s game is his strikeout rate. He went down on strikeouts 27.8% of the time. While that’s not as bad as someone like Mason Martin, it’s still not great for Double-A. At the very least, he offset that with a 15.6% walk rate.
Suwinski’s glove is solid, and he can play a good corner outfield position. He has a powerful arm that should play well in right or left field. He also has some surprising speed, which gives him decent range. Think of something similar to Hunter Renfroe.
Suwinski is one of the many outfielders who could make their way to the majors next year. Along with Swaggerty and Fraizer, Canaan Smith-Njigba, Suwnski could see time in the outfield corners and designated hitter.