P2Daily: A Hitting Travis Swaggerty Is A Difference Maker

As you make your way through a baseball season, you have to expect peaks and valleys from each individual player. The hope is that by the time all is said and done that a player enjoyed more peaks than they did valleys.

If they do, it was a successful season. Remember, baseball is the game as a professional hitter that if you fail seven out of 10 times, you are considered successful.

The key comes in not buying too much on the highs, or selling off completely during the lows.

That being said, if there is one prospect that can really give this system a jump by really finding his footing it’s not Oneil Cruz or Roansy Contreras.

It’s Travis Swaggerty.

To an extent, we’ve seen what Cruz and Contreras are capable of at the highest level, even if they aren’t there right now.

Right now, even after being drafted in the first round back in 2018, we still aren’t sure what to make of Swaggerty.

The defense is there, maybe enough so that he could still find his way onto a major league bench, but the question still lies in what he can provide with the bat.

April was not a good showing, as Swaggerty slashed a really disappointing .164/.270/.236, totaling just 13 total bases during the entire month.

He’s missed some time to injury, so he’s only played eight games but they’ve been a completely different tune. Swaggerty has a slash of .385/.448/.577 in eight games in May. This week against Toledo he has 12 total bases with potentially Sunday’s game still to go.

Remember, in these kind of scenarios you don’t want to buy the high, or completely abandon ship with the low. After five hits in his last two games he’s got his season average up to .235. As quickly as he gotten it back up, it can come tumbling back down.

But seeing Swaggerty find some type of footing offensively is huge, especially with the current makeup of the major league roster. Injuries to Greg Allen and Jake Marisnick has soften up the depth in the outfield on the Pirates roster, to the point they’ve still had to throw Diego Castillo out there at times.

Jack Suwinski has served admirably in right field, he’s even provided some pop (three home runs) and strong defense. On Baseball Savant, Suwinski and Ke’Bryan Hayes are the only two active players with a positive Outs Above Average (OAA) mark.

He’s also just batting .167 in 22 games, and his strikeout rate is nearing 30%.

So getting a former first round pick that has the potential to contribute in so many facets of the game to have any kind of success in the majors can give this system a win that it seems they are still searching for.

The Pirates still haven’t started the push of prospects up to the majors yet, it seems they are waiting for one to really force his way up there, at least with the names currently on the 40-man roster.

While Cruz and Contreras are the obvious names, how much of a win would it be if a player with the raw tools and draft status, but also someone who has lost nearly two years of development time, also throw himself up there?

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If TSwag has knocked off the cobwebs and started getting his timing back + being healthy that could be pretty big. With him being a true center fielder, bring him up and move Reynolds to left and both of them could possibly be positive defenders for the club.


Ideally Swaggerty would start in CF-not that there is anything wrong with Reynolds but Swaggerty is a center fielder by trade and drafted as one. Mitchell or Suwinski can handle

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I still have faith in Swaggerty. I think he could be an asset to the MLB club, as this article states.


This is a kid whose progress was really derailed by COVID and that lost injury year (’21). If he struggled to find his stride in April that’s totally understandable after all he’s been through. I think if he stays healthy all summer he’ll be fine.


It would be nice if Swaggerty could hit and prove his first round selection wasn’t what it appears to be… Tucker like


At this point in time, if T Swag can just stay healthy for more than a minute, I’ll consider it a successful season.

In all seriousness, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mitchell and T Swag are flanking Reynolds for the last couple months of this season.

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