BRENDT CITTA, CORNER OUTFIELDER
|Born: July 12, 1996
Drafted: 38th Round, 1134th Overall, 2018
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Kansas
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates announced Citta as a right fielder, but he caught in college as well. He started his college career at San Jose State before transferring to Kansas. In 2018, Citta he had an .870 OPS in 55 games, with 17 doubles, one triple and four homers. Those numbers were much better than his freshman year stats in 2016, when he had a .609 OPS. He didn’t play in 2017 due to the transfer, but he did play summer ball that year and put up solid offensive numbers. Citta has a strong arm and raw power, while his outfield defense and base running are considered below average.
Citta was the primary left fielder for Bristol. He also played a few games in right. He put up decent numbers, but for a 22-year old corner outfielder in a high-offense, advanced rookie league, the numbers weren’t that good. His OPS was almost exactly league average. He had no platoon split at all.
The Pirates sent Citta back to Bristol to start the season and he hit with a little more power. They promoted him to West Virginia in July. He had a very good month of August, batting 313/405/438. His overall numbers in the New York-Penn League were good in the context of a league where the average was 232/313/337. It has to taken into account, though, that he was drafted out of college last year. After the promotion, Citta split his time between right field and first base. The latter could provide him with more opportunities going forward.
The Pirates sent Citta to Altoona, a very big jump. He handled it well, hitting for a good average but only modest power. He mostly served as a DH, playing eight games at first and two in the outfield. Unfortunately, because of leg injuries he played only eight games after July 4.
Citta opened the season at Indianapolis, but played very little and then spent May through July at Altoona. He returned to AAA for the last two months. He hit quite a bit better at the higher level, mainly due to a 299/377/508 showing in September. His K rate was up sharply from prior years, so it’s possible he was trying to hit for more power. He had no platoon split. In the field, he played mostly at first.
Citta is likely to fill the same role in 2023.
|2023: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: 2018
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 6, 2018: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 38th round, 1134th overall pick; signed on June 13.|