LUIS TEJEDA, SHORTSTOP
|Born: August 26, 2002
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018
How Acquired: International Free Agent
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Tejeda was one of the Pirates’ top signings in 2018-19. He couldn’t sign at the beginning of the signing period because he wasn’t 16 yet, so he waited until his birthday. He’s a line drive hitter whom some scouts think will eventually move to second.
Tejeda just held his own in his initial season, with weak plate discipline. He played mostly at short and had some trouble with errors, posting a fielding percentage of .878.
The Pirates did not bring Tejeda to fall instructionals in 2020, which probably wasn’t a good sign. He went to the FCL and played short regularly. His defense improved but, other than showing some power, he struggled at the plate.
Tejeda opened the season playing second and third in the FCL, and got off to a very encouraging start. He showed a much better approach and better strike zone judgment, and hit the ball well. Unfortunately, after nine games he got hurt and returned just for four games in August. On defense, he had no errors in 13 games.
Hopefully, Tejeda will get a chance in 2023, preferably at Bradenton, to show he’s turned things around.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $475,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
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
|August 26, 2018: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.