ALTOONA, Pa. - Aaron Shackelford has been one of the biggest surprises in the Pirates' farm system this year.
Drafted out of The Masters University in the 14th round as a college senior in 2019, Shackelford is on the older side for a prospect. He's in his age 25 season, making the jump to the Double-A level this year.
Shackelford has responded by hitting .252/.321/.534, with a lot of power coming in the form of 23 home runs and 21 doubles. He's also seen his strikeout rate drop, in a system where so many players are seeing an increase in power with an increase in strikeouts. This year is a huge improvement over his numbers last season in Greensboro, where his .210/.290/.438 line was mostly a product of the hitter-friendly home park.
"It’s definitely been a growing season, mentally...
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