JACK SUWINSKI, CORNER OUTFIELDER
|Born: July 29, 1998
Drafted: 15th Round, 444th Overall, 2016
How Acquired: Trade (with Padres)
High School: Taft HS (Chicago, IL)
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Scouts liked Suwinski coming out of high school for his bat. The Padres drafted him in the 15th round and signed him to a bonus well above the slot value. He made limited progress in his first four years, in particular not showing more than middling power. In 2021, though, he took a big step forward. His approach seems to have changed from time to time, with sharply fluctuating walk and K rates. In 2021 he seems to have settled on waiting for pitches to drive, with the resultant high walk and K rates. He’s mostly struggled with LHPs, including 2021. Suwinski’s speed and arm are average. He’s spent some time in center, but probably fits best in left. He’s never made any top prospect lists, but Baseball America would have put him in the Padres’ top 30 after the 2021 season. The Pirates acquired him in the Adam Frazier trade.
After signing, Suwinski split his time between left and center, playing in the Arizona League. He showed good plate discipline but no power.
The Padres moved Suwinski up to low A, where he divided his time between center and right. He wasn’t overwhelmed, but he didn’t hit well and his K rate climbed significantly.
Back in low A for a second full season, Suwinski improved modestly, except for his K rate, which improved quite a bit. He played exclusively in the outfield corners.
Suwinski had a rough time in high A, especially considering that he was in the high-offense California League. His K rate, in particular, increased drastically. He again played mostly in the corners.
Suwinski didn’t play during the pandemic season.
Suwinski went to AA and made dramatic progress. He was at San Antonio, which was playing as a strong pitcher’s park. The added power came with a very high K rate, but Suwinski also drew a lot of walks. He played mostly in right. The Pirates acquired him in late July.
Suwinski gives the Pirates three very similar players, along with Cal Mitchell and Canaan Smith-Njigba; all are corner outfielders with left-handed power bats. Suwinski was eligible for the Rule 5 draft after the 2020 season and the other two will become eligible after the 2021 season, so the Pirates will have some decisions to make.
|2021: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $550,000
MiLB Debut: 2016
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 11, 2016: Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 15th round, 444th overall pick; signed on July 7.
July 25, 2021: Traded by the San Diego Padres with Tucupita Marcano and Michell Miliano to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Adam Frazier and cash.