Blake Sabol

BLAKE SABOL, CORNER OUTFIELDER
Born: January 7, 1998
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 215
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 7th Round, 214th Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Southern California
Agent:

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE

Sabol played both outfield and catcher in college, but scouts see him more as an outfielder due to good speed and athleticism, and that’s how the Pirates announced him.  His arm is regarded as fringy.  He’s interested scouts due to good raw power, but he’s had trouble finding it in games, partly due to an impatient approach and partly due to a swing that fails to incorporate his lower half.  Adjusting his swing will probably be an emphasis for him as a pro, but the Pirates haven’t shown much aptitude for helping hitters with that.  His track record as a hitter at USC was consistent but not very good:  he hit 267/302/356 as a freshman, 276/338/390 as a sophomore and 268/346/368 as a junior.  He did improve his K:BB ratio in his last year to 40:29.  Baseball America rated Sabol 174th among draft prospects and 16th in Southern California in an average year for the region.  Sabol is a second cousin of former Steelers’ great Troy Polamalu.  He signed for $43,500 above the slot value.

2019
A-:  245/350/351, 208 AB, 8 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 34 BB, 61 K, 5-9 SB

Sabol had a passable debut, hitting for a little above the league average line of 232/313/337.  He drew a lot of walks, but had an extremely high K rate and hit for only modest power.  He struggled against LHPs, with a .577 OPS against them compared to .767 against RHPs.  He had a very good month of July, batting 312/382/455, but slumped to a .684 OPS in August.  The Pirates tried Sabol at all three outfield spots, including seven starts in center, although he doesn’t take good routes.

Sablo will probably be at Greensboro in 2020.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2020: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $250,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 11, 2016: Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 33rd round, 992nd overall pick.
June 4, 2019:
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 7th round, 214th overall pick; signed on June 11.