FABRICIO MACIAS, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: March 11, 1998
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates signed Macias out of Mexico, where he was playing in the highest level summer league — probably the equivalent of a mid-level US minor league — at age 19. Playing against older players, some with major league experience, Macias hit 318/351/382 in 73 games, with 18 steals in 25 tries. He has good speed, probably enough to play center, and an above average arm. He signed at the start of spring training in 2018 and was in camp early. I don’t know what bonus he received, but there were several other teams scouting him when the Pirates signed him.
Given his experience level, Macias was slated to start with West Virginia, but there was a delay imposed by the MLB process for approving his contract. It finally got cleared up in June and the Pirates sent Macias to Morgantown. After two games there, he moved up to West Virginia, where he struggled, including a very high K rate. In mid-August, the Pirates sent Macias back down to Morgantown and he hit well there. Macias divided his time among the three outfield positions, playing mostly left with the Power and center for Morgantown.
The Pirates sent Macias to Greensboro and he got off to a dreadful start, batting just .132 in April. He followed that with a red hot May, when he had a 347/394/547 line. After that he settle in at just an adequate level, hitting just one home run after May and posting an OPS of just .682 in July and .687 in August. He had no platoon split. Macias was the team’s most frequent center fielder, but he also saw significant time in each corner.
Macias handled low A a lot better than in 2018, but he hasn’t really taken a step forward. He should be at Bradenton in 2020 and he’ll still be only 22 at the start of the season, which isn’t a bad age for the level.
|2020: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|February 21, 2018: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.