Outfielder Travis Swaggerty of the Pittsburgh Pirates may have suffered yet another injury as a result of a slide.
After colliding with first base diving back in a game with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians on Tuesday night, the athletic center fielder was removed from the game.
This is the third young Pirates player to attempt a slide. Shortstop prospect Liover Peguero was injured in an attempted steal of third base following the team’s second game of the season.
Swaggerty, a first-round choice of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2018, is off to a fast start in 2021. He had four hits, a home run, a walk, and seven total bases through his first ten plate appearances.
He has cooled off, batting.220/.333/.439 this season, but he has still shown a lot of promise.
With a 12.8 percent walk rate and a 17% strikeout rate, Swaggerty is shown lots of patience at the plate.
These are huge improvements over his 2019 numbers, which saw him walk 10.9 percent of the time and strike out 22.1 percent of the time.
He’s also beginning to turn his raw strength into game strength. His slugging percentage is currently .425 and his isolated slugging percentage is .225.
He’s still barreling the ball despite his low hitting average (.200). Swaggerty has a 24.1 percent line drive rate (compared to the MLB average of 21.1 percent), as well as a 37.9% ground ball and fly ball rate.
He’s hitting a lot more balls in the air this year, with his ground ball percentage approaching 50%. (49.3 percent ).
When he returns from his injury, he should see his unlucky.172 batting average on balls in play improve thanks to his power and high batted ball rates.
How Much Does Travis Swaggerty Make?
Travis Swaggerty makes an annual salary of $4,400,000