Ryan Vilade

Born: February 18, 1999
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 226
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd Round, 48th Overall, 2017 (Colorado Rockies)
How Acquired: Waiver claim (from Rockies)
College: Stillwater (OK) HS
Agent: N/A
The Rockies drafted Vilade as a prep shortstop with good raw power.  As a pro, he’s generally shown good plate discipline, but the power hasn’t arrived.  As Baseball America characterizes it, he has a line-drive swing that’s more conducive to doubles power.  Colorado initially tried to keep Vilade at short, but his arm was below average and his reactions weren’t good, so he proved to be a liability there and elsewhere in the infield.  At this point he appears to be a corner outfielder and he’s below average there.  The Pirates acquired him, as they do most of their 40-man roster, off waivers.

R+:  308/438/496, 117 AB, 3 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 27 BB, 31 K, 5-10 SB

Vilade played short in advanced rookie ball and hit very well.  Baseball America ranked him 9th among Rockies’ prospects.

A:  274/353/378, 457 AB, 20 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 49 BB, 96 K, 17-30 SB

Vilade spent the season in Low Class A, still playing short full-time.  The power wasn’t there, but he was still only 19.  BA again ranked him 9th.

A+:  303/367/466, 509 AB, 27 2B, 10 3B, 12 HR, 56 BB, 95 K, 24-31 SB

Vilade had what’s proven to be his best year so far, as the power started to come around and he hit very well overall.  The Rockies played him at third about a third of the time and he had serious error problems both there and at short.  BA ranked him 8th in the system.


Vilade didn’t play during the pendemic year, but the Rockies did add him to the 40-man roster afterward.

AAA:  284/339/410, 468 AB, 28 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 38 BB, 92 K, 12-17 SB
MLB:  000/143/000, 6 AB, 1 BB, 1 K

Colorado jumped Vilade up to AAA, where he played mostly in the outfield corners.  He held his own as a 22-year-old, but the stats have to be viewed in the context of the high-offense Pacific Coast League.  Vilade’s OPS was 40 points below the average on his team, Albuquerque, and 60 points below average for the league.  BA nevertheless ranked him 6th in the Rockies’ system.

R:  300/364/700, 10 AB, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 K, 1-2 SB
AAA:  249/345/352, 369 AB, 15 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 52 BB, 69 K, 12-16 SB

Vilade took a significant step backward, hitting far below the league average.  His walked almost as much as he struck out, but his power mostly disappeared.  The Rockies removed him from the 40-man roster after the season and the Pirates claimed him.

Vilade just hasn’t developed as hoped and he’s a defensive liability.  He’s also a poor fit as anything other than depth because he’s a corner outfielder with little power.  The Pirates are loaded with upper-level outfield depth; like most of Ben Cherington’s moves, especially his incessant waiver claims, this pickup makes no sense and, of course, adds to roster congestion at a time when the Pirates are at risk of losing talent in the Rule 5 draft.

2023: Major League Minimum
Signing Bonus: $1,425,400
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut: 9/18/2021
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2029
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 9/21/2020
Options Remaining: 2 (USED:  2022)
MLB Service Time: 0.016
June 12, 2017: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2nd round, 48th overall pick; signed on June 21.
September 18, 2021: Contract purchased by the Colorado Rockies.
November 9, 2022: Claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies by the Pittsburgh Pirates.