RYAN NAGLE, CORNER OUTFIELDER
|Born: August 7, 1994
Drafted: 27th Round, 817th Overall, 2015
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Illinois
WTM’S PLAYER PROFILE
|Nagle played left field for Illinois, where he hit .339/.401/.449 in 61 games as a junior, with 19 doubles and three HRs. It was a step up from his first two years, when he had no HRs. He made better contact: Nagle struck out 31 times in 173 at-bats as a sophomore, then 28 times in 254 at-bats in 2015. He was 19-for-30 in stolen bases over his three season at Illinois. Out of high school, Nagle was ranked 27th among prep prospects in Illinois, but Baseball America didn’t include him among the top 35 prospects in Illinois in 2015, an average year for the state. He signed a month after the draft for a bonus that was $60,000 over slot.
Morgantown’s season was nearly half over by the time Nagle signed, but he ended up getting a good deal of playing time, partly due to injuries to Logan Hill and Ty Moore. He hit just decently, with limited power and a shaky BB:K ratio. He had severe troubles against LHPs, posting a .308 OPS against them in a very small sample of 28 plate appearances. His OPS against RHPs was .736. Nagle played the outfield corners exclusively.
Nagle spent the year as the primary right fielder for West Virginia. He showed solid plate discipline, but otherwise didn’t do much on offense, in particular showing no power. He also didn’t show good range in the outfield. He struggled against LHPs, with a .509 OPS. He had a .663 mark against RHPs. Nagle was remarkably consistent over the course of the season, with an OPS between .626 and .682 every month except July, when he slumped to .440.
The Pirates kept Nagle in extended spring training to start the season, which obviously wasn’t a good sign for him, then sent him to Morgantown when the New York-Penn League started play. Shortly after that, though, they promoted Nagle to West Virginia to replace Ty Moore, who’d been moved up to Bradenton. Nagle hit better than the previous year, with weaker plate discipline, but he still didn’t hit nearly well enough for a corner outfielder. He continued to struggle badly against LHPs, with just a .446 OPS against them.
Nagle isn’t doing very well and the Pirates have a number of outfield prospects who should be moving up to full season ball in 2018. The Pirates drafted a number of college outfielders in 2015 and 2016 — Nagle, Casey Hughston, Ty Moore, Matt Diorio, Clark Eagan, Hunter Owen, Garrett Brown, Logan Hill — and other than Hill and to a lesser degree Owen and Moore, they’ve all struggled to hit even at the lowest levels. Nagle had trouble finding a spot in 2017 and that may be an even bigger problem in 2018.
|2018: Minor League Contract
|Signing Bonus: $160,000
MiLB Debut: 2015
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2018
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 10, 2015: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 27th round, 817th overall pick; signed on July 16.|