JUAN JEREZ, SHORTSTOP
|Born: November 28, 2001
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Jerez was one of the Pirates’ more prominent signings in the 2018-19 international signing period. He has good size for a shortstop.
Jerez played second and short, spending two-thirds of his time in the field at second. He showed good range. He hit well, showing good power, although the plate discipline could have been better.
Jerez had a strong season at the plate, including much better patience but also a very high K rate. He mostly played third, with four games at second and none at short. He also served as DH 13 times. At third, he committed ten errors for a very bad fielding percentage of .846, but inexperience could account for some of that.
Jerez will be 20 for the 2022 season, which he should open at Bradenton. He’s one of the Pirates’ better low-level hitting prospects.
|2022: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $380,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 2, 2018: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.