JASIAH DIXON, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: August 31, 2001
Height: 6′ 0″
Drafted: 23rd Round, 694th Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Orange Lutheran HS (CA)
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Dixon was the second prep outfielder taken by the Pirates on day three of the 2019 draft, and the third one of the draft for them. He was rated 177th overall by Baseball America. He’s got plus-plus speed and a plus arm, which gives him a good chance to stick in center field for the long run, with BA giving him a shot at being a plus defender. They also said his pure athleticism is among the best in this class. He does have questions about his hitting skills, but has plus bat speed and some raw power. It sounds like he’ll need to work on his swing mechanics in pro ball, along with his timing. He hit for a .352/.419/.483 line this year in 105 plate appearances, with one homer and 15 stolen bases. He had a commitment to USC, but signed a month after the draft for $100,000 above the slot amount.
Dixon had a strong debut, hitting well, although for limited power, and showing good strike zone judgment. He also took advantage of his speed on the bases. He divided his time between center and right, probably in part out of deference to Sammy Siani. Although impressive, his debut was limited by the late signing and the overcrowding in the team’s outfield.
Dixon opened the season at Bradenton, playing all three outfield positions. He drew walks, but didn’t hit the ball with any authority at all. He took a lot of pitches, probably far too many, with the result that he frequently got into bad counts and got called out on strikes. The Pirates sent him to the FCL at the beginning of June and he showed the same pattern, although the results were better overall. In the FCL he played mostly in the corners.
Dixon was in extended spring training until mid-June, then after a few games in the FCL he joined Bradenton. He continued to struggle at the plate, with a very high strikeout rate for a hitter with little power.
Dixon isn’t making any progress after four years. If he returns in 2023, it’ll likely be back at Bradenton.
|2023: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $225,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 5, 2019: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 23rd round, 694th overall pick; signed on July 3.|