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Birth Date7-3-1996
Height6' 3"
Weight205 lbs
Age23 years, 4 months, 12 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2019 PIT 22 56 159 31 10 3 2 10 40 1 0 0 .211 .266 .361 62 -7.1 1.3 -1.1 0.0
Career561593110321040100.211.266.36162-7.11.3-1.10.0

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2014 PIR Rk GCL 48 217 .000 .000 .000 .329 0.0 100 0 0.0 0.0 -7.5 0.0
2015 WVA A SAL 73 329 .260 .329 .382 .336 97 3.2 9.0 3.6 99 0 2.7 3.0 -6.2 1.3
2016 WVA A SAL 15 67 .254 .325 .374 .294 93 3.2 1.8 0.8 107 0 2.8 0.5 -0.8 0.6
2016 BRD A+ FSL 65 304 .255 .321 .357 .306 101 -7.8 8.7 3.5 83 0 12.6 -1.1 -11.3 1.3
2017 BRD A+ FSL 68 316 .255 .320 .373 .368 99 16.5 8.7 3.8 146 0 -0.4 1.5 12.2 2.7
2017 ALT AA EAS 42 194 .253 .323 .386 .304 99 2.6 5.3 2.4 100 0 0.9 1.3 0.4 1.1
2018 ALT AA EAS 133 589 .255 .323 .388 .310 93 9.9 16.8 7.5 92 0 -0.6 3.4 -3.8 2.4
2018 SUR Wnt AFL 20 95 .268 .357 .395 .423 110 4.3 2.5 1.2 104 0 0.0 0.1 3.6 0.8
2019 PIT MLB NL 56 159 .242 .309 .412 .276 98 -7.6 4.8 2 62 12 -1.1 1.3 -7.1 0.0
2019 IND AAA INT 77 353 .267 .342 .440 .319 92 -2.8 12.0 4.8 102 0 -3.8 1.2 1.4 1.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2014 PIR Rk GCL 217 180 39 48 6 2 2 64 13 26 38 13 5 .267 .368 .356 .089 0
2015 WVA A SAL 329 300 46 88 13 3 2 113 25 16 49 25 6 .293 .322 .377 .083 7 6
2016 BRD A+ FSL 304 269 36 64 12 1 1 81 25 29 62 5 6 .238 .312 .301 .063 0 6
2016 WVA A SAL 67 61 9 16 4 2 1 27 2 4 9 1 1 .262 .308 .443 .180 0 2
2017 ALT AA EAS 194 167 25 43 4 5 2 63 18 21 31 11 3 .257 .349 .377 .120 1 2
2017 BRD A+ FSL 316 277 46 79 15 6 4 118 32 34 70 36 12 .285 .364 .426 .141 1 3
2018 SUR Wnt AFL 95 81 18 30 5 1 0 37 11 12 12 6 3 .370 .442 .457 .086 2 0
2018 ALT AA EAS 589 517 77 134 21 7 5 184 44 55 104 35 12 .259 .333 .356 .097 8 3
2019 IND AAA INT 353 310 51 81 15 4 8 128 28 38 73 11 3 .261 .346 .413 .152 0 3
2019 PIT MLB NL 159 147 16 31 10 3 2 53 13 10 40 0 0 .211 .266 .361 .150 0 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2019 604 0.4851 0.4785 0.7405 0.7099 0.2605 0.7981 0.5926 0.2595 0.0000
Career6040.48510.47850.74050.70990.26050.79810.59260.25950.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 PIT $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d1 year (2019)

Details
  • 1 year (2019). Contract selected by Pittsburgh 11/20/18. Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/19.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2014 (1-24) (Mountain Pointe HS, Calif.). $1.8M signing bonus ($1.9255M slot).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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DateQuestionAnswer
2018-04-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are Cole Tucker and Lolo Sanchez's upside?
(Jimbo from Utah)
I think Tucker's a good fit for the Pirates. Mercer's going to walk. Tucker, I think, will provide more bat and less glove than Mercer. But given the way the game's evolving--more balls in the air, more shifting of infielders (or at least not *less* shifting), the importance of a really strong glove at short is diminishing. Think Seager and Correa--not that they're slouches, but they're not phenomenal with the glove. They don't have to be! I think Tucker will be a net upgrade.

Sanchez is 18, so my Shane Baz racehorse analogy applies. He's only 18, but so far he's shown good speed and a good glove but nothing exceptional with the bat. Upside would be Starling Marte but I'm guessing he falls short offensively, which will limit him. But he's only 18! He can change! (Rob Mains)
2017-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)As the latest reports make as clear as ever, it sounds like the Pirates have given up hope that Jung Ho Kang will be able to return to the U.S. and play out his contract in Pittsburgh. If I'm reading the information correctly, that contract calls for the Pirates to pay him $3 million this year and has a team option for $5.5 million ($250k buyout) next year. First, do you know whether the Pirates have paid him any of the $3 million for this year? Second, if you're Neal Huntington and you think Kang is a lost cause, can you avoid paying even the buyout for next year, or is your move to exercise the option, on the theory that you'd want Kang if his immigration circumstances change, but that you won't have to pay him the $5.5 million if he cannot return? Third, if Kang returns to the U.S. in 2019 as a free agent, what kind of offers, if any, do you think he will receive from teams? Fourth, I will gin up a wine question to atone for a three-part question about a guy who hasn't played all year and may never play in the majors again.
(Alec Denton from Atlanta)
Alec, I will try to give you an answer as long as your question. Even longer! And thanks for asking me this one in advance--I needed to a little legwork. For those of you just tuning in, you can submit questions for BP chats in advance by just clicking on the chat at any time once it appears on the homepage. Getting your questions in early gives guys like me more time to ponder them...

Kang is on the restricted list. Players on the restricted list don't draw a salary. So no, they aren't paying him this year. I'm not sure whether his presence on the restricted list voids the buyout next year, but $250K is chump change even to Pittsburgh.

Next year and 2019 are both interesting issues. As I assume everyone reading this knows, Kang is not playing this year because he couldn't get a visa due to his legal problems. Basically, South Korea didn't want him to let him go, and the U.S. didn't want to let him in. Heck of a guy! But here's the thing: He's a good player. In 2015, he was second on the team in TAv and fourth on the team in WARP despite only 457 PAs. Last year, in fewer PAs (370) he was first in TAv and second in WARP. If he were with the Bucs, he'd play shortstop (Mercer's arb eligible next year and will a FA after the season) ane third base (Freese is a FA after next season too, unless the team picks up his $6M option). And next year Mercer will turn 32, Freese will be 35, and Kang will be 31. So there's plenty of reason for the team to want him back, if he can get a visa.

But I'll be they'll pass. I'd guess that a future with Harrison (and eventually Ke'Bryan Hayes) at third, and Kevin Newman or Cole Tucker at short is more likely to one with Kang.

So if he were to return as a 2019 FA, I think he'd get a lowball contract--a million or two?--provided he has at least some KBO or MiLB experience to back it up. As for a landing spot, who's the Oakland Raiders of MLB? The Rays? The A's? (Rob Mains)
2017-07-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)What other prospects in the Pirates Org are worth getting excited about other than Keller and Meadows?
(Tim from Illinois)
We like Cole Tucker. I think I am more neutral on Hayes, but he definitely has his fans here as well. The Newman reports I got this year have been...less exciting (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Cole Tucker and Ke'Bryan Hayes? What are their upsides?
(Justin from Iowa City, Iowa)
I will direct you to Javier's quite thorough eyewitness reports on that went up this morning. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-06-20 16:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Cole Tucker?
(Justin from Des Moines)
My thoughts on Cole Tucker is that he is being pushed very aggressively given he missed a full season to a shoulder injury. Unfortunately Bradenton doesn't come up to my area (Lakeland and Tampa) again this season so I might have to make a special trip to catch them again. (Steve Givarz)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Its too bad the MWL doesn't have any high ceiling SS prospects for you to watch this year. Just a bunch of scrubs like Barreto, Gordon, Albies, Tucker, and Torres. But seriously, Are you pumped for the talent at the position this year? Who are you most excited to see?
(username49 from ohio)
Sadly, Albies and I think you mean Cole Tucker, are going to be in the SAL. There's no guarantee Torres is in South Bend, but yes, I'm excited for all of those guys and Francisco Mejia. (Jordan Gorosh)


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