CANAAN SMITH-NJIGBA, CORNER OUTFIELDER
|Born: April 30, 1999
Drafted: 4th Round, 122nd Overall, 2017 (Yankees)
How Acquired: Trade (from Yankees for Jameson Taillon)
High School: Rockwall Heath (TX) HS
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|A high school quarterback, Smith-Njigba is athletic but his primary tool is power. He’s a stocky player who’s very strong and has good bat speed. He’s also very patient, a quality he cultivated in high school, when opponents rarely pitched to him. He steps in the bucket on his swing, which may account for consistently bad numbers against LHPs. He’s strictly a left fielder. He runs well enough under way — he’s even shown some base stealing ability — but he’s below average in the outfield, with a fringy arm. The Pirates acquired Smith-Njigba in the Jameson Taillon trade.
Smith-Njigba had a good debut, showing some power and a lot of patience. He had a very big platoon split.
The Yankees moved Smith-Njigba up only to the New York-Penn League and he had a very rough time there.
Smith-Njigba had a breakout season in the South Atlantic League, still playing at just age 20. He got on base a lot, hit for power and did well stealing bases. He again had a very large platoon split.
As an outfielder whose game is strictly power, Smith-Njigba is an unusual commodity for the Pirates. He should be at Greensboro in 2021.
|2021: Minor league salary
|Signing Bonus: $497,500
MiLB Debut: 2017
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 13, 2017: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 4th round, 122nd overall pick; signed on June 17.
January 24, 2021: Traded by the New York Yankees with Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras and Maikol Escotto to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jameson Taillon.