Maikol Escotto: “There’s a lot of thump in that bat”

Maikol Escotto opened the season as the second-youngest player in the South Atlantic League.

The shortstop, acquired by the Pirates in last year's Jameson Taillon trade, entered the season with a lot of promise, fueled mostly by tools, and partially by a .701 OPS in Low-A in his age-19 season.

Escotto has struggled in Greensboro so far this year.

He's hitting for a .186/.246/.389 line, while showing some alarming swing and miss issues. Escotto is striking out 34.1% of the time, which is up from 30.4% last year at the lower A-ball level. The alarming part is that his walks have plummeted to 5.7%, down from the 14% range the last two seasons.

"He's been expanding the strike zone," said Greensboro manager Callix Crabbe. "You’re talking about someone who is 19-years-old with very l...

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joesolo6181

Isn’t this the guy that the Pirates were going to sign as an international prospect but then spurned them and he signed with the Yankees instead. I guess the Yankees offered more money or was it the prestige associated with the Yankee history or winning that encourage him to sign with them?

ArkyWags

Lotta thump and crippling Ks at this point. Long way to go though so it can get better.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Third article now (in order I’ve read them) with Crabbe explaining rather thoroughly his hitter’s development and growth, and I’m really liking him. He seems the polar opposite of how I pronounce his name in my head

Last edited 4 months ago by Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)
emjayinTN

Good point, and his addition to the other 3 existing Managers from 2021 – Miguel Perez at AAA, Kieran Mattison at AA, and Jonathan Johnston at A – give the Pirates a solid group of what I would consider Players Managers. Very knowledgeable, understanding, and supportive with these kids fighting hard to excel in a high pressure environment.

emjayinTN

Maikol Escotto is an excellent MI Prospect. Yes, his bat is struggling out of the gate right now, and the K’s are very high, but he’s 2nd on the team with 6 HR’s. He’ll only turn 20 in June, and his struggles at the plate are offset by the improvements he has made in the field.

So far he has played 24 games at SS and 7 games at 2B for GBO. At SS he has improved from a .907 FP in ’21 to a .933 FP in ’22. At 2B he was .957 FP in ’21 and is now at a .968 FP in ’22. And, his range at both positions has shown similar positive increases. I’m glad Crabbe is being very patient with him.

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