TODD CUNNINGHAM, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: March 20, 1989
Height: 6′ 0″
Drafted: 2nd Round, 53rd Overall, 2010 (Braves)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Jacksonville State University
Agent: Excel Sports Management
WTM’S PLAYER PROFILE
|The Braves drafted Cunningham in the second round as a player who could hit for average, with good plate discipline and enough speed to play center, and with the potential to develop some power. He appeared on Baseball America’s top thirty team prospect lists for six straight years, the last of those with the Angels, but he never ranked highly and never took off with the bat. He’s mostly had good BB:K ratios, but has hit for just decent averages and hasn’t shown much power. His platoon split has usually been minimal and he’s bolstered his OBPs by getting hit by a lot of pitches. Cunningham got a little time in the majors and didn’t hit. He’s spent most of his time in center, but doesn’t have a good arm.
The Braves sent Cunningham to full season ball for his debut and he hit just decently. He played mostly in center, but also saw time in right.
Apart from some time lost to a strained right elbow, Cunningham spent the season in high A, where he hit about the same as the previous year. He played center almost exclusively.
Cunningham had his best season, all of it spent in AA. BA ranked him 12th in the Braves’ system afterward.
Cunningham started reasonably well in AAA and got several callups, but he struggled in the second half of the season and finished with weak numbers.
The Braves sent Cunningham to AAA for the entire season and he rebounded close to the level he’d reached in 2012. He continued playing almost exclusively in center.
Cunningham spent most of the season in AAA, but also got several callups. He seemingly transitioned to fourth outfielder, playing all the outfield positions. His hitting fell off quite a bit in AAA. Atlanta removed him from the 40-man roster after the season and the Angels claimed him off waivers.
The Angels outrighted Cunningham to AAA at the beginning of the season, but called him up briefly twice, outrighting him each time. He became a free agent after the season an signed a minor league deal with St. Louis.
Cunningham spent the entire season in AAA. The Cardinals sent him to the Dodgers for cash in July. He had his best season at the level.
The Pirates signed Cunningham for 2018 shortly after the 2017 season ended. He’ll probably replace Danny Ortiz in the role of veteran outfield depth at Indianapolis.
|2018: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $674,100
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: 7/30/2013
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible: 2024
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 7/30/2013 (since removed)
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2013, 2014, 2015)
MLB Service Time: 0.115
|June 8, 2010: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round, 53rd overall pick; signed on June 10.
July 30, 2013: Contract purchased by the Atlanta Braves.
October 9, 2015: Claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels from the Atlanta Braves.
April 2, 2016: Outrighted to AAA by the Los Angeles Angels.
June 11, 2016: Called up by the Los Angeles Angels.
June 18, 2016: Designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels; outrighted to AAA on June 21.
July 6, 2016: Called up by the Los Angeles Angels
July 26, 2016: Designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels; outrighted to AAA on June 29.
October 3, 2016: Became a free agent.
November 18, 2017: Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a minor league free agent.
July 10, 2017: Traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations.
November 6, 2017: Became a free agent.
November 16, 2017: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league free agent.