Braylon Bishop

BRAYLON BISHOP, CENTER FIELDER
Born: April 23, 2003
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 193
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: Round 14, 403rd Overall, 2021
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Arkansas HS
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
Bishop is a power/speed outfielder who should be able to stay in center.  He was also a star at football and track.  Bishop is a good base stealer and has an average arm.  He focuses on hitting for power at the plate, which has led to contact issues against better competition, but his above-average bat speed could help him make adjustments.  Baseball America ranked him 88th among draft prospects and MLB Pipeline 94th.  Bishop had a commitment to Arkansas.  He was expected to be tough to sign, but the Pirates managed to get a deal done even after spending a lot of above-slot money on their top picks.

2021
R:  192/250/192, 26 AB, 2 BB, 8 K, 3-3 SB

Bishop got into eight games in the FCL, five in center and three in left.  He didn’t hit much, but the sample size was very small.

2022
R:  220/358/294, 109 AB, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 22 BB, 36 K, 10-12 SB

Bishop had a disappointing season.  He started well, with an .825 OPS in June, but he declined to .708 in July, then cratered at .450 in August.  As the season went along, he increasingly struggled with a problem that’s plagued the Pirates at the major league level.  He seemed too reluctant to swing and, although he walked a lot, he frequently got into unfavorable counts as well.  He also took a lot of called third strikes.  It’s also hard not to wonder whether he was impacted by the crowded roster in the FCL, as he never played more than 13 games in a month.  The Pirates chose to field only one FCL team despite having a lot of players, which was in keeping with their professed belief that game action isn’t important for development.  The results they’ve gotten so far don’t support that notion.  Defensively, Bishop played all three outfield positions and showed good range.  He has yet to commit an error as a pro.

Bishop should be at Bradenton in 2023.  The development system being put in place by the new front office has faced a lot of tests with talented but raw young players at the lower levels.  So far, few of these players have taken steps forward.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2023: Minor league salary
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $268,700
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2027
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2025
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
July 13, 2021: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 14th round, 403rd overall pick; signed on July 27.