JERAL TOLEDO, SHORTSTOP
|Born: January 22, 2003
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates signed Toledo as a good defender who should be able to stay at short. He’ll need to get stronger to hit better. His speed is about average.
In his debut season, Toledo mostly played short, but spent a little time at second and third. At the plate, he got on base a lot thanks to a very high walk rate. Oddly, his stats were nearly identical to Enmanuel Terrero’s.
In the FCL, Toledo continued to show good strike zone judgment, but he didn’t hit much. He went in the wrong direction over the course of the season, with a .769 OPS in June and .527 in July. He got into only three games after the start of August. On defense, he spent most of his time in the middle infield. Usually playing alongside Jesus Castillo and Luis Rivas, Toledo gave the FCL Pirates a good infield to watch. Of the three, though, he did the least at the plate.
Toledo should be in Bradenton in 2023, but he’ll have to start hitting with more authority.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $155,000
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 2, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.