Jack Suwinski Put in Work to Gain an Edge

ST. PETERSBURG - When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired the outfielder from the San Diego Padres last year, he was not universally regarded as one of the top 30 prospects in the Padres system.

The scouting reports liked his power surge at the Double-A level, but not much else about his game. The Pirates seemingly bought into the power surge, but may have just preferred the overall work ethic.

Back in January, Cody Potanko wrote about how Suwinski had been improving his swing over the offseason. The result has shown in the majors, with 12 homers in 202 plate appearances this year.

That wasn't the only thing Suwinski worked on. The list he recited to me included hitting, throwing, lifting, running, sprinting, and doing some trial and error with breathwork, soft tissue, mobility, and y...



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Always good to see a player take an opportunity and run with it. Doesn’t seem like a guy who’ll sit on his laurels, deserves a hearty handshake.


I see two big take-aways here. One is that Suwinski stepped up and tackled areas where he needed to improve. That’s impressive. The other is that the Bucs’ pro scouts saw his potential. I have no clue how they did.


In terms of seeing potential, as the article suggests a big part of that might have been his work ethic. It sounds like he worked harder in the offseason than is typical. With more and more development happening with personal trainers in the offseason, it’s increasingly important to be able to assess a player’s personal drive.


A kid from a blue collar family and parents that spent their “free time” at the ballfield. I think both Jack and his sister played on competitive traveling teams – he in baseball and she in softball. That means a lot of miles and money spent on motels and fast food joints around Chicago and other parts of the Midwest allowing their kids to chase their dreams. Great story.

Glad to see him up and staying up. The trade of Adam Frazier for Suwinski 24, Tucupita Marcano 22, and RHRP Michel Miliano 22, (A+) has to be one of the most lopsided trades of recent Pirate history, and this one is in our favor. And, both Suwinski and Marcano coming directly to MLB from AA.

Rob Baran

I’m a big believer in players that develop themselves. He’ll do the same thing this off season he did last year, and likely will focus on the weaker parts of his MLB game.

Hence I now have zero concerns that Jack can hit .250+ during his career. Added to the power, patience, base running, & defense we’ve seen so far – that’s a valuable starting Outfielder and part of our New Core.

Last edited 1 month ago by Rob Baran

I always root for guys that put in the effort and show they are willing to do whatever it takes to get better.


He, like mentioned in the Diego article, has shown really nice power that will play, but they both could use a boost in their hit tool. Jack will provide plenty of power even if he just finds a way to hit .240 with power and walks

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