DREW MAGGI, SHORTSTOP
|Born: May 16, 1989
Drafted: 15th Round, 447th Overall, 2010
How Acquired: Trade (with Phillies)
College: Arizona State University
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates drafted Maggi in the 15th round way back in 2010, paying him an above-slot bonus to sign as a sophomore eligible. He profiled as a player with good hitting skills and patience, some speed and the ability either to stay at short or serve as a utility infielder. Power is not his game. Maggi has managed to keep a job in the minors ever since then, but he hasn’t appeared in a major league game. The Pirates acquired him from the Phillies.
The Pirates sent Maggi to the New York-Penn League and he struggled to hit in limited action. When he played, it was at short.
Maggi spent the season in low A. He hit reasonably well, with excellent plate discipline. He also stole a lot of bases, but got caught a lot. He again played short almost exclusively.
Maggi split the season between high A and AA. He played more second than short and also saw some time in the outfield corners. His main contribution at the plate was drawing walks.
Spending the whole season in AA, Maggi hit a little better. He played all over the infield, including first, and again saw time in the outfield.
The Pirates sent Maggi back to Altoona and he had his best offensive season so far. He again played all over the infield and in the outfield corners.
Maggi reportedly got upset when the Pirates assigned him to Altoona once more during spring training. The result was his release. He signed a minor league deal with the Angels and spent the season with them in AA, playing mostly short and third. His hitting dropped off quite a bit. After the season he became a free agent and signed with the Dodgers.
Maggi finally made it to AAA at the start of the season, but he went back and forth several times between AA and AAA. He again played all over and his hitting was better. After the season he became a free agent again and re-signed with the Dodgers.
Maggi missed the month of April, then spent the rest of the season in AAA, splitting his time between second, third and short. He continued to hit reasonably well. Upon becoming a free agent, Maggi this time signed with the Indians.
Starting in early April, Maggi served a 50 game suspension for violation of MLB’s drug policy. When he returned he mostly played second. After the season he signed with the Twins.
Playing mostly second and third, Maggi had a good season, doubling his previous high for home runs. He re-signed with the Twins after the season.
Maggi did not see action during the pandemic season, then re-signed to return to the Twins.
Playing mostly second, third and short, Maggi had easily his best season at the plate. He appears to have sacrificed some contact for the longball. After the season he signed with the Phillies.
Maggi’s hitting tailed off badly. In early August, the Pirates started running short of infielders at Indianapolis and they acquired Maggi from the Phillies in what will probably end up as a cash deal. Maggi played second, third and short for Indianapolis and hit about like he had with the Phillies.
Maggi became a free agent after the season, but re-signed on a minor league deal with the Pirates. It’s not that easy to see the need for a veteran infielder in AAA, but they may need depth in AA.
|2023: Minor league salary
|Signing Bonus: $468,000
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: September 18, 2021 (since removed)
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.002
|June 6, 2008: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 47th round, 1419th overall pick.
June 9, 2010: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 15th round, 447th overall pick; signed on August 16.
March 8, 2015: Released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
March 12, 2015: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Los Angeles Angels.
November 7, 2015: Became a free agent.
January 24, 2016: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
November 7, 2016: Became a free agent.
January 8, 2017: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
November 6, 2017: Became a free agent.
November 22, 2017: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Cleveland Indians.
November 2, 2018: Became a free agent.
January 17, 2019: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Minnesota Twins.
November 4, 2019: Became a free agent.
December 19, 2019: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Minnesota Twins.
November 2, 2020: Became a free agent.
February 8, 2021: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Minnesota Twins.
September 18, 2021: Contract purchased by the Minnesota Twins.
October 7, 2021: Outrighted to AAA by the Minnesota Twins.
November 8, 2021: Became a free agent.
March 7, 2022: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies.
August 4, 2022: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.
November 10, 2022: Became a free agent.
December 20, 2022: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.