JUAN JEREZ, SHORTSTOP
Born: November 28, 2001
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 160
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

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.

2019
DSL:  272/324/469, 228 AB, 12 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 14 BB, 48 K, 6-12 SB

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.

2020
DNP

2021
R:  296/394/500, 152 AB, 9 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 24 BB, 46 K, 10-14 SB

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.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2022: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
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
TRANSACTIONS
July 2, 2018: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.
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