The Pirates selected Swaggerty with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft. His pro career is off to a strong start, slashing .292/.370/.494 across 22 games. I saw the 20-year-old in a series vs. Hudson Valley in July.
Swaggerty has a short, but strong and compact build. Listed at 5’11” and 180 pounds, he does not have much room for physical projection. The young outfielder hits from a low, athletic position which helps engage his lower half into his swing. He can produce above average pull-side power due to his solid foundation and quick swing. Swaggerty also has the ability take an outside pitch to the opposite field due to a balanced approach at the plate. The 20-year old has plus speed, which he uses to steal bases and track down fly balls in centerfield. In addition to showing good range in the outfield, Swaggerty also possesses an above average arm.
Thanks to his combination of speed and pull-side power, he projects to be a 20-20 hitter in the big leagues. Swaggerty’s strong plate discipline coupled with the growing trend of clubs putting a home run threat at the top of the lineup make him a perfect leadoff hitter in today’s game. The #42 prospect on 2080’s recent Midseason Top 125 Prospects, Swaggerty’s ceiling could be as high as a FV 60 prospect—an above-average big leaguer with the chance to make an all-star team in peak seasons.