JEREMIAS PORTORREAL, CORNER OUTFIELDER
|Born: August 7, 1997
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2013, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Portorreal received the second-largest bonus of any player the Pirates signed on the international front in 2013, behind Adrian Valerio. He’s a bat-first outfielder with a roughly average arm who’s not especially fast. He could end up in left or possibly at first.
Portorreal struggled in his first pro season, most of which he played at age 16. He drew a lot of walks, but struck out in well over a third of his ABs. He played right field exclusively.
Back in the DSL, Portorreal made strides, hitting the ball with more authority but still striking out nearly a third of the time. He played right most of the time.
The Pirates sent Portorreal back to the DSL for a third season. He struggled badly in June, with a .525 OPS, but made some changes to his swing around mid-July and suddenly started to hit. He put up a 297/400/391 line in July and 366/509/537 in 13 August games in the DSL. After striking out once every three and a half ABs in June, he did so just once every seven the last two months, totaling 15 strikeouts and 22 walks. He continued playing mostly right, but saw a little time in left. In mid-August, the Pirates promoted Portorreal to the GCL. Promotions during the season from the DSL are unusual, but a series of injuries had left the GCL team short of position players. Portorreal got into eight games in the GCL, mostly in right.
Portorreal continued making progress in the GCL, showing in-game power for the first time. For context, his slugging average was good enough for 14th in a league in which .349 was the average. He continued, though, to strike out at a high rate and struggled badly with LHPs, posting an OPS of .572 against them, albeit in a small sample size. His OPS against RHPs was .832. The Pirates played him almost exclusively in right.
Portorreal went to Bristol and the progress he made in 2017 didn’t hold. He continued to draw walks at a good rate, but his strikeout rate increased to one every two and a half at-bats. He played only 11 games in the field, all in left, and just nine games in August.
Portorreal is eligible for the Rule 5 draft for the second time. He’s made little progress and might not be back for 2019.
|2019: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $375,000
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|August 7, 2013: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.