Travis Swaggerty Will Reportedly Join the Pirates on Sunday

According to Jason Mackey, outfielder Travis Swaggerty was a late scratch from the Indianapolis Indians lineup tonight so he could join the Pittsburgh Pirates ahead of Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park.

Swaggerty got off to a slow start this season, with a very high strikeout rate. He then suffered a concussion, which put him out of action for just over a week. Since he has returned, his bat has been hot. He is hitting .397/.465/.667 in his last 16 games, with nine extra-base hits, eight walks and a much improved strikeout rate (18.3%). He’s got a strong arm, with above average range in center field and he can be a threat on the bases.

Ryan Palencer recently posted an article on Swaggerty beginning to hit his stride.

More on this news tomorrow when the move becomes official.

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AdministrativeSky236

Wonder why swaggy isn’t in the lineup since they called him up, figured he would for sure get the start

zebug

$50 they play Swags at first base lol. I’m kidding!! Fun times seeing the kids coming up. Excited every day about the game and hate when they have off days. This is a welcome feeling

skliesen

Not a fan of sitting one of Suwinski, Mitchell, or TSwag every day. All need to be playing at least 5 days/week. Hope DS can shuffle the cards to make this happen.

Maybe next week Cruz comes up and the Yu experiment is obliterated, as it should be.

AdministrativeSky236

If they rotate them all through the corners, then assuming a 6 game week they could all get 4 starts (if used evenly). Add in the occasional DH or Reynolds rest day and it seems like there is enough time to go around

RAS TN

It’s about time for the youth movement to come up and play, now don’t stop there Martin is next…

skliesen

You misspelled Cruz.

RAS TN

I picked Martin as he can come up and play every day, it may not be true for Cruz at this time…

Whoever they call up needs to play at a set position for a while and every day, let’s find out NOW what the Pirates have. Do they have too many prospects for positions available(hard to believe) let’s get going…

roberto

Batting 220ish in AAA doesn’t merit a promotion, especially if you are not an elite defender.

RAS TN

If that is the criteria then most if not all call-ups would not happen…

roberto

Maybe you are right, but I’d like examples.

redwards60

As for Castro, I like his bat potential but can he play a position? 6 errors already in how many games?

roberto

There were always two critiques: not an elite defender and too much swing and miss. Can these be fixed?

VTBucFan

I hope this puts a rest to the infielders in the outfield experiment for awhile. Assuming Mackey is right and Castro goes down, I’d like to see a set lineup of Reynolds, Swaggerty and Suwinski in the OF. Chavis/Vogelbach at 1B, Marcano 2B, Hayes 3B and Castillo SS. When Gamel is back, Chang is DFA’d. Worry about Van Meter, Marisnick and Yoshi when the time comes. That would be an interesting team to watch.

ArkyWags

Yes, put outfielders in the actual outfield. What a concept that might be.

Side note: is your handle Vermont or Virginia Tech?

VTBucFan

Vermont, although I moved to Bradenton. Needless to say, I’m very excited to follow Owen Kellington’s career.

VTBucFan

Oh, I forget about DH. I’d have Mitchell as DH but mix him in the OF with Reynolds or Suwinski as DH some games. Also Vogelbach and Chavis could see some time as DH.

redwards60

Interesting promotion as far as timing, but I support this move. He’s not getting any younger and need to see if he can play or not. Reynolds, Swaggerty, Suwinski is the outfield for now I assume.

tedwins

Hi Room, Im assuming, realize we shouldn’t do such, that bringing up Swags as a top prospect means mgmt is hoping and expecting he is up for good, what do I know. With that said I assume, there I go again, that Reynolds has been told he is shifting to LF and fine with it. This is what I expect, or hope, to be step 1 in getting top prospects acclimated to there 2023 positions as they garner experience in a see what happens 2022🤔

Mtgj

They have to get Reynolds out of center field. He is a really good left fielder, but an awful center fielder. I hope they do it asap and Reynolds accepts it.

roberto

No data that I see really support your assessment, although UZR does not give him high marks in LF or CRF. OAA and RAA suggest that he’s average in LF, but had an outstanding 2021 in CF. If he has the speed to stay in CF, it’s easie

roberto

easier. (Fewer hooks, slices, or weird OF configurations.)

jon6er

I read all the great comments here before I posted this and I’ve been wondering what the rules are on the time limit to release a player coming off the IL. I know you can’t release a player while he is on it!

waitwhat

Hope Reynolds isn’t difficult about moving off CF.

PirateRican21

If I was Reynolds I will be difficult, why would I give up to a rookie that hasn’t established himself, if he bust, then he has to move back. Rather he proofs himself in LF and then maybe next year I will move.

bradlej31

In addition to being excited for Swaggerty this is a very convenient excuse to get Reynolds out of center. His number’s there have been very bad this year. Second to last for all centerfielders

mpg43952

Maybe they’ve seen enough of our new 1st baseman.

docdon385

Good news or at least I hope it is. Question what it means to have Suwinski (who I would not think going anywhere especially after today), Mitchell (who hasn’t really had much of a chance yet) and Swaggerty in the outfield along with Reynolds? Who plays but more concerning is who’s the odd man out? I hope Reynolds is still on the team come Monday. Probably am just being paranoid and will just go along with it being a good thing.

roibert.kasperski

Yu. Chavis and Vogy are back playing. Reynolds is not going anywhere unless the Kings Ransom was actually offered by some team. I don’t think that has happened

Wilbur Miller

The one problem here, obviously, is that Jack clearly isn’t going anywhere and I’d like to see Mitchell stay in the OF. And Reynolds isn’t going to sit. Castro probably should be going out, but they’ll be short of infielders.

I wonder whether Vogelbach may be going back on the IL . . . .

PiratePrimate

Do you really believe they’ll keep Castro up after today? I’d think they’d pretend they can use Chang at 2B-SS before Castro stays up.

1979andCounting

Mackey reporting it is Castro going down.

Wilbur Miller

I guess Chang can strike out just as easily while playing short.

PiratePrimate

He does strike out quite easily. I haven’t seen a tough at bat yet.

Wilbur Miller

It’s pathetic when you have to pinch hit for your 1B then, next batter, you don’t PH for your .109-hitting C.

joebaseball

Now bring Sabol up to Indy and Bins up to Bucs and dump catchers who can’t hit.

PiratePrimate

If they keep Mitchell up as 4th Of w/ Reynolds, Swaggerty and Suwinski and then platoon Chavis/Gamel at 1B, that should play.

SBRO

Of course, there is the matter of Gamel having all of 11 innings of experience at 1B, majors or minors. Still beats the shit out of playing Yoshi or Chang.

Wilbur Miller

Ha, it’s a mighty low bar there.

PiratePrimate

Let’s hope so.

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ishman

YES! I’m ready to see what he can do. Still have high hopes for him.

Mblee24

For some reason I think of Brett Gardner when I think of T-Swags!!

SBRO

Interesting – which version of Gardner? The ’09-’11 version who with speed and defense or the ’13 – ’19 version who started hitting double digit dingerz but lost a step (SB/Defense)? Either way, if Swaggy T ends up a 110 wRC+/3-4 WAR dude in CF, sign me up!

ArkyWags

I’d say that’s his absolute ceiling. Definitely take that.

Mblee24

I wonder if this is just giving him a taste while Gamel is hurt and he is hot? Then send him back down until they move Gamel?

Cobra

Love how Gamel plays but he should be our 4th OF upon return . No room for Allen. Let’s see what an outfield of Reynolds, Swaggerty and Suwinsky can do for an extended look. Don’t let Shelton mess this up with different configurations every game

Mblee24

I agree, I would like to see those 3. But Gamel is gonna get time when he gets back and Mitchell is still there. It’s getting crowded, but I think it’s a good thing.

PiratePrimate

Platoon at first with Chavis

Mblee24

That’s not a bad idea!

PiratePrimate

He supposedly has been working out at first and he played 4 games there last year

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