This is one in a series of stories breaking down PBN’s Top 30 Pittsburgh Pirates prospects.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were quite high on outfielder Enmanuel Terrero during the 2019-2020 international signing period, as evident by the $600,000 signing bonus they handed out to sign him.
Three seasons into his professional career in the Pirates’ organization, and Terrero has seen his prospect status rise as he’s career has progressed.
His first taste of professional ball came in 2021, as there was no minor league season in 2020 due to the pandemic. In the Dominican Summer League that season, Terrero slashed .237/.391/.317 and walked (19% walk rate) significantly more than he struck out (13.8% strikeout rate).
A contact-oriented player, Terrero continued with the same approach in 2022, again drawing walks more than he struck out. In 35 games in the Complex League that season, Terrero hit an impressive .330 and posted a spectacular 153 wRC+.
After totaling only two home runs combined between 2021-22, Terrero took a step forward in the power department this season with the Bradenton Marauders. In 80 games, he slugged eight home runs while also legging out eight doubles and six triples.
The increased power, however, came with more swing and miss. This year, the recently-turned 21-year-old struck out 25.8% of the time, though that was paired with a healthy 13.0% walk rate. Heading into next year, Terrero will look to cut down on the strikeouts as he did earlier in his career while maintaining some of his newfound power.
Terrero has a fairly intriguing skillset. Though his contact skills decreased last season, he still has upside with the bat, largely due to his ability to get on base. He doesn’t project to become a power hitter, but he does possess good speed that could turn singles into doubles and doubles into triples. That speed of his led to 21 stolen bases with Bradenton this year.
Defensively, there is still some work to be done. Terrero has the profile to play center field, but the majority of his time has come in left field. He’s split time between center and right field pretty evenly.
If Terrero is able to put together all the different flashes his shown for a full season, he will continue to ascend. Of course, that’s a big if. But with what he has shown at times combined with the skillset he possesses, he has upside as a Pirates’ minor leaguer.