The Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed veteran minor league infielder Drew Maggi to a minor league deal. He was acquired late in the 2022 season from the Philadelphia Phillies, and spent the rest of the season with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Maggi was originally a 2010 draft pick of the Pirates, who they released during Spring Training of 2015. He has bounced around the minors since then, even getting a call-up to the Minnesota Twins in 2021, though they sent him down without getting him into his first big league game.
Maggi hit .212/.324/.274 in 94 Triple-A games last year. The 33-year-old stole 22 bases. He failed to hit a homer last season, after collecting a career high 16 homers in 2021. He has played every position except catcher and center field during his career, with plenty of time at shortstop, second base and third base.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.