TROY STOKES, JR., CORNER OUTFIELDER
|Born: February 2, 1996
Drafted: 4th Round, 112th Overall, 2014 (Brewers)
How Acquired: Waiver Claim (from Tigers)
High School: Calvert Hall College HS (Baltimore, MD)
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Milwaukee drafted Stokes in the fourth round out of prep school as an outfielder with speed and strong defensive ability, and some power potential. He’s played mostly left rather than center, especially as he’s moved up. His arm is below average. He’s consistently had high walk and K rates, and limited platoon splits. He didn’t hit for much power in his first couple years, but started to do so in 2017-18. He didn’t do well in AAA in 2019. He’s been an efficient base stealer most of the time.
Stokes debuted in the Arizona League, spending two-thirds of his time in left and the rest in center. He did respectably at the plate, with a lot of walks but also a lot of strikeouts. He made an impressive showing as a base stealer.
The Brewers moved Stokes up only to advanced rookie ball and he made modest improvements at the plate, including more power and a lower K rate. He continued to steal bases effectively. He again played a third of the time in center and the rest in left.
Stokes continued in much the same manner in full season ball, although he missed some time in April and June. He had a reverse platoon split.
Stokes went to high A until a late-July promotion to AA. He played left almost exclusively. At the plate, he added significant power and hit just as well after moving up. He had no platoon split Baseball America did not rate Stokes among the Brewers’ best prospects.
The Brewers kept Stokes in AA the entire season, playing left most of the time. He fell off marginally from the previous year, with his K rate increasing from a little less than one every four ABs to a little under one in three. He had a slight platoon split. Stokes won the minor league Gold Glove for left field at the AA level. BA rated him 15th in a very weak system and the Brewers added him to their 40-man roster after the season.
In AAA, Stokes struggled. His power dropped off despite being in the Pacific Coast League in a year when power was sharply up due to more lively baseballs; his slugging average was nearly 100 points below the league norm. Milwaukee designated Stokes for assignment in early September and the Tigers claimed him.
The Tigers called Stokes up to their training facility in August, then placed him on the injured list with a fractured hamate. He didn’t play during the shortened season. Afterward, Detroit designated him for assignment and the Pirates claimed him.
The Pirates need a fourth outfielder and a right-handed hitter would be helpful considering Gregory Polanco’s injury and performance issues. Stokes seemed likely to compete for the job, but the Pirates designated him for assignment to clear roster space after the Jameson Taillon trade. He cleared waivers and was assigned to AAA, with an invitation to major league spring training. He has a reasonable chance of seeing action with the Pirates in 2021.
UPDATE: The Pirates called Stokes up in May when Colin Moran got hurt. They designated him for assignment a short time later after they claimed Ildemaro Vargas. He cleared waivers and was assigned to Indianapolis.
|2021: Minor league salary
|Signing Bonus: $400,000
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut: 5/9/2021
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 11/18/2016 (since removed)
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2019)
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 6, 2014: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 4th round, 112th overall pick; signed on June 14.
November 20, 2018: Contract purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers.
September 1, 2019: Designated for assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers.
September 3, 2019: Claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers by the Detroit Tigers.
January 5, 2021: Designated for assignment by the Detroit Tigers.
January 12, 2021: Claimed off waivers from the Detroit Tigers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
January 24, 2021: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates; outrighted to AAA on January 29.
May 9, 2021: Called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
May 17, 2021: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates; outrighted to AAA on May 21.