Dylan Busby

DYLAN BUSBY, THIRD BASEMAN
Born: November 28, 1995
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 3rd Round, 88th Overall, 2017
How Acquired: Draft
College: Florida State
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Busby’s calling card is raw power.  After a slow start in 2017 that was probably due to off-season hernia surgery, he put up a 315/399/597 line for Florida State that ended up nearly identical to his line as a sophomore in 2016.  He also slugged .567 in the wood-bat Cape Cod League in 2016.  In his last two collegiate seasons, though, Busby struck out in a little over a quarter of his at-bats, so swinging and missing is likely to be a big part of his game.   He played both third and first in college, and has good athleticism and at least an average arm.  He could stick at third or ultimately move to first or right.  It’s possible the Pirates could save some money with this pick, as Busby was considered more of a fifth round option and rated 189th by MLB Pipeline and 129th by Baseball America.  Taking a power-oriented hitter like Busby is unusual for the Pirates, who haven’t emphasized power much in the draft in a long time and who could use considerably more of it in their system.  He signed for a little under the slot amount of $626,600.

2017
A-:  188/266/256, 160 AB, 8 2B, 1 HR, 11 BB, 48 K, 7-11 SB

Busby had a rough debut, showing poor plate discipline and not showing the expected power.  He did get three extra base hits, including his only HR, in his last four games, so there’s that.

A college hitter from a major program. drafted as early as Busby was, typically would go to Bradenton for his first full season, but it’s hard to see that given the way Busby struggled.  West Virginia is more likely.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2018: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $575,000
MiLB Debut:
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2020
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 13, 2017: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 3rd round, 88th overall pick; signed on June 28.

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