DANIEL ARRIBAS, FIRST BASEMAN
|Born: September 30, 1992
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2011
Country: The Netherlands
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Arribas was born in Miami, but moved to his mother’s home country of The Netherlands, which is why he was available as an international free agent. He was still raw when signed, but was considered to have a potentially good, line-drive bat who figures to hit the ball into the gaps rather than over the fence. For some time, he alternated between catcher and third base, but the Pirates seem to have settled on him playing first, which obviously greatly reduces his prospects.
Arribas didn’t hit much in his debut, although the marginal plate discipline shows he wasn’t overwhelmed. He played mainly third and saw a little time at second, first and catcher.
In his second DSL season, Arribas split his time almost evenly between catcher, first and third. He improved substantially at the plate, with very good walk and strikeout numbers and some doubles power.
Arribas split his time between catching and first. Obviously, the presence of Reese McGuire cut into his catching time. After a slow start at the plate, he hit .347 in July and .306 in August. He also showed solid plate discipline, although his K rate is a little high for a guy who’s not a power hitter. Behind the plate, he threw out 24% of base stealers.
With draftees Taylor Gushue and Kevin Krause at Jamestown, Arribas went to Bristol, where he was the best hitter on an extraordinarily bad team. He divided the catching with Tomas Morales and Chris Harvey, and also spent time at first. Arribas started showing some over-the-fence-power, but at the cost of a very high K rate. He threw out 17% of base stealers. Arribas finished the season strongly, batting 324/390/456 in August.
Arribas had a very solid season, cutting down significantly on strikeouts while hitting for average and decent power. He feasted on LHPs, battering them for an OPS of 1.146. He managed only .609 against RHPs. Arribas started 13 games at catcher, 20 at third and 27 as the DH. Moving around that much might not have helped, as he had a dismal .863 fielding percentage at third.
Arribas spent the season alternating with Carlos Munoz between first and DH. He also played a dozen games at third. He seems to be at least fairly good at first. Arribas had a solid season at the plate, drawing a lot of walks and hitting for more power than previously, apparently at the cost of a higher K rate. His numbers were hurt by an August/September slump that saw him hit 225/295/288. Arribas had never played more than 64 games in a season before, so it’s possible that he tired from playing in 127.
At 23, Arribas was a couple years older than ideal for a prospect in low A and the move to first, which appears to have taken hold now, doesn’t help. He did make progress at the plate. It’ll be interesting to see how he does in the pitching-dominated Florida State League. He remains Rule 5 eligible, but wasn’t selected.
|2017: Minor league contract|
|Signing Bonus: $110,000
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|May 27, 2011: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.|