LUKE BROWN, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: March 12, 1999
Drafted: Round 9, 253rd Overall, 2021
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Louisville
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|A college senior draftee, Brown is a speedy center fielder. The Yankees drafted him out of junior college in 2019, but he didn’t sign and went to Louisville, the same school as the Pirates’ top choice, Henry Davis. His approach is to put the ball in play, so he doesn’t have much power. In fact, he never hit a home run as a collegian. At Louisville, Brown put up almost identical marks: 328/384/403 as a junior in 2020 and 320/381/422 as a senior. He’s struggled in college summer leagues. Brown has at least 70-grade speed and stole 17 bases in 22 tries as a senior. He signed below the $162,000 slot value.
The Pirates sent Brown to the FCL and he struggled to hit in limited playing time. He played mostly in right.
Brown spent the first half of the season with Bradenton and the second half with Greensboro, serving in a backup role at both stops, primarily playing left. He didn’t hit much at the lower level and was overmatched at the higher one.
The Pirates have a lot of lower-level outfielders, so Brown could be facing some pressure to find a role. There’s not much positive in his hitting so far.
|2023: Minor league salary
|Signing Bonus: $72,500
MiLB Debut: 2021
MiLB FA Eligible: 2027
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2024
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 5, 2019: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 25th round, 765th overall pick.
July 12, 2021: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 9th round, 253rd overall pick; signed on July 16.