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Pirates Release 2018 Top Pick Travis Swaggerty

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have cut ties with their 2018 first-round draft pick, releasing Travis Swaggerty after designating him for assignment Monday.

Swaggerty played in a combined 22 games with Triple-A Indianapolis, High-A Greensboro and Low-A Bradenton this year. He hit .195/.319/.364 with one home run and four stolen bases while spending significant time on the injured list because of migraines.

The 25-year-old made his major-league debut last season and went 1 for 9 in five games with the Pirates.

In five minor-league seasons, Swaggerty had a .250/.341/.388 slash line with 27 homers and 59 steals in 314 games.

 

John Perrotto is a columnist for Pittsburgh Baseball Now and has covered the Pittsburgh Pirates and MLB since 1988.

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