Back in July of 2021, the Pittsburgh Pirates sent infielder Adam Frazier to the San Diego Padres for three prospects. The three prospects the Padres sent over were Tucupita Marcano, Jack Suwinski, and Michell Miliano.
At the time, people seemed to be focused on the more “MLB ready prospect” in Marcano, but as of now, Suwinski is starting to look like the main attraction. Granted, it’s been less than a year, but with Marcano currently struggling in Double-A and Miliano being too early to tell, all eyes are now on the Pirates’ right-fielder.
In 48 plate appearances, Suwinski has hit two home runs, driven in five, has an OPS of .733, and a wRC+ of 111. For a 23-year-old seeing his first Major League action, Suwinski is more than holding his own for the Pirates. Suwinski has a DRS of three in just 13 games played to make things even more fun.
On May 9th, Suwinski managed to hit his first Major League home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers. After the frenzy of love shown by his teammates and coaches, Suwinski had time to sit and think about what he had just accomplished.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Suwinski. “That moment is definitely an unforgettable feeling. There are a ton of emotions flooding in all at once right now.”
Home runs are a big part of the game right now, but without a good approach at the plate, it’s like having a saddle with no horse. Weird analogy aside, both general manager Ben Cherington and manager Derek Shelton have praised Suwinski for showing great at-bats consistently and holding his own.
“I’m honestly just trying to have quality at-bats,” said Suwinski. “I head up to the plate and try to stick to my approach. I want to stay compact and look for something in my zone.”
Suwinski, to this point, has been a pleasant surprise in the outfield and at the plate. Barring anything crazy happening, it seems like a roster spot is Suwinski’s until further notice. Has Suwinski surprised you, or did you expect this type of performance?