JOSE SALAZAR, SHORTSTOP
|Born: July 11, 1994
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2011, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|The Pirates signed Salazar when he was 16, but he’s never shown anything with the bat. He seems to have good range in the field. He started off as a shortstop, but has increasingly played other positions, primarily third and, most recently, first.
Salazar played mostly shortstop in the VSL. He did little at the plate.
Salazar struggled even more at the plate in the DSL. He played mostly third but saw some time at short.
Salazar hit just marginally better. His OBP was buoyed by 11 HBPs. In the field, he mainly split his time between first and third. (In the low minors, first base is often manned by non-prospects so the more promising players can stay at the more challenging positions.)
Salazar opened the season in the GCL, but the Pirates promoted him to Bristol after a month. At both stops, he played mainly third, with a little time at first. He didn’t hit at all in the GCL, but hit surprisingly well at Bristol, albeit with little power.
Salazar will probably continue to fill in at the lower levels.
|2015: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2015
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|April 9, 2011: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.