FABRICIO MACIAS, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: March 11, 1998
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates signed Macias out of Mexico, where he was playing in the highest level summer league — probably the equivalent of a mid-level US minor league — at age 19. Playing against older players, some with major league experience, Macias hit 318/351/382 in 73 games, with 18 steals in 25 tries. He has good speed, probably enough to play center, and an above average arm. He signed at the start of spring training in 2018 and was in camp early. I don’t know what bonus he received, but there were several other teams scouting him when the Pirates signed him.
Given his experience level, Macias was slated to start with West Virginia, but there was a delay imposed by the MLB process for approving his contract. It finally got cleared up in June and the Pirates sent Macias to Morgantown. After two games there, he moved up to West Virginia, where he struggled, including a very high K rate. In mid-August, the Pirates sent Macias back down to Morgantown and he hit well there. Macias divided his time among the three outfield positions, playing mostly left with the Power and center for Morgantown.
The Pirates sent Macias to Greensboro and he got off to a dreadful start, batting just .132 in April. He followed that with a red hot May, when he had a 347/394/547 line. After that he settled in at just an adequate level, hitting just one home run after May and posting an OPS of just .682 in July and .687 in August. He had no platoon split. Macias was the team’s most frequent center fielder, but he also saw significant time in each corner.
Macias spent the first two months at Greensboro and hit very well, including a lot of power. The home park helped him, as he slugged .549 at home and .449 on the road. In early July the Pirates moved him up to Indianapolis. A jump like that may seem to indicate the Pirates think very highly of the player, but usually it means they see him more as an organizational guy. Regardless, Macias started off well at Indy, especially considering the jump, but around mid-August he stopped getting much playing time. He also stopped hitting. He was batting .315 in AAA when the playing time dried up, but he finished the season in a 2-for-29 skid. On defense, Macias mostly played right. He played only one game in center.
Macias missed the season’s first month and a half, then went for rehab to Bradenton. He split most of the remainder of the season between Greensboro and Altoona, hitting fairly well for the former and less so for the latter. His walk and K rates in AA were especially bad. He played strictly in the outfield corners.
Macias won’t be eligible for free agency for two more years. The Pirates seem to have assigned him permanently to an organizational player role.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|February 21, 2018: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.