After the Pittsburgh Pirates released him on July 19, it looks as though 2018 first-round draft pick Travis Swaggerty has found a new home.
Based off a post shared on social media by his wife, Peyton, Swaggerty appears to have landed with the Chicago White Sox.
— Peyton Swaggerty (@peyswagg) August 13, 2023
Swaggerty, who turns 26 on Saturday, had been with the Pirates’ organization since he was selected 10th overall by the Pirates out of the University of South Alabama.
In parts of five minor league seasons with the Pirates, Swaggerty slashed .250/.341/.388 with 49 doubles, 16 triples, 27 home runs, 127 RBIs and 59 steals in 314 games.
Swaggerty made his big league debut last season with Pittsburgh and appeared in five games at the major league level in total. The outfielder collected his first-career hit on June 9 against the Braves in Atlanta and finished 1 for 9 with four strikeouts.
He’s dealt with several issues this season which landed him on the injured list on multiple occasions. Swaggerty appeared in only 22 games between Triple-A Indianapolis and his minor league rehab assignments in 2023.
Additionally, he only appeared in 12 games with Triple-A Indianapolis in 2021 after undergoing season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.
Though he played in 107 minor league games with Indianapolis in 2022, Swaggerty was never able to carve out an extended role with the Pirates.
Now, the former first-rounder will get a chance to establish himself with the White Sox in his first shot with a new organization.
The White Sox have yet to officially announce the deal.