TRAE ARBET, SECOND BASEMAN
|Born: July 1, 1994
Drafted: 5th Round, 149th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Great Oak HS (CA)
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Arbet was drafted as an all-round solid shortstop with good athleticism. He had average speed and scouts were divided on whether he’d stay at short or have to move to second. His range and arm were considered more decent than outstanding. He has good bat speed and gap power, but tends to chase pitches out of the strike zone. Scouts regarded him highly for his attitude and, for that reason, believed he’d keep improving. Baseball America ranked him the draft’s 114th best prospect. Arbet signed quickly for $425,000, well over the slot amount of $321,400.
Arbet struggled both at the plate and in the field in his debut. The strike zone obviously was a major issue. He also committed 21 errors in 38 games, all at short.
The Pirates moved Arbet up to Bristol despite his 2014 problems and he served as the regular at short. He made progress, but it was more around the edges than a real step forward. He cut his K rate, but it was still close to one every three ABs. He walked slightly more, but actually hit for a little less power. He cut the errors to 20 in 56 games, but that’s still a lot.
The Pirates sent Arbet back to Bristol and also moved him to second. Despite the absence of a real prospect at short, he made no appearances there. At the plate, he had an interesting season, putting up impressive numbers, including excellent power, but with the same poor plate discipline. In fact, his walk rate dropped while his K rate stayed almost the same. His BABIP of .440 suggests strongly that he can’t sustain the improvement. Arbet missed the last two weeks of the season with an unknown injury.
Arbet appeared to be slated to play second for Morgantown, but he suffered a wrist injury in his second game and missed the rest of the season.
The Pirates originally intended Stephen Alemais and Adrian Valerio to share the shortstop and second base jobs at West Virginia, but injuries to both players and, eventually, Alemais’ promotion left the second base job open most of the year. Arbet and Kevin Mahala ultimately shared the position. Arbet had a few injury problems himself, though, including an oblique strain that cost him the last three weeks of the season. He ended up starting a little under half the Power’s games at second and another 22 at third. He had some rough games defensively early in the season, but improved as the season went along. At the plate, he started off well but tailed off badly, as his OPS by month shows:
As the numbers show, he hit for fairly good power, but seldom walked and struck out a lot. He did cut his K rate from 2015, but still struck out once every three and a half ABs.
Arbet’s 2017 season shows his numbers in 2015 weren’t sustainable, as suggested by his walk and K rates, and his BABIP. The trade of Tristan Gray, though, left the second base position at Bradenton open. Arbet will start the season there and could share the position with Alfredo Reyes.
|2018: Minor league contract|
|Signing Bonus: $425,000
MiLB Debut: 2013
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 7, 2013: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 5th round, 149th overall pick; signed on June 14.|