HUASCAR FUENTES, FIRST BASEMAN
|Born: June 2, 1992
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2013, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Fuentes was already 21 when he signed, as his family didn’t want him to sign at an earlier age.
Fuentes got hurt and missed most of the season.
The Pirates sent Fuentes back to the DSL, where he was the regular first baseman. He also played a few games at third and in the outfield. He was the team’s best hitter, with easily the most power, but he was very old for the league.
The Pirates moved Fuentes up to Bristol, no doubt because he was already 24 when the season started. He split his time between first base, left field and DH. Considering his age, his defensive limitations and the fact that the Appalachian League is a hitters league, his numbers were poor.
Fuentes opened the season at Morgantown, but once the 2017 draftees started reporting he went to Bristol. He divided his time there between first base and DH, and put up stats that were almost identical to his 2016 numbers.
Fuentes will be 26 by the time the short season leagues start play in 2018, so he’s obviously not a prospect. If he returns, he’ll probably fill in at either Bristol or Morgantown.
|2018: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|November 29, 2013: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.