WESLEY ZAPATA, SHORTSTOP
|Born: March 2, 2004
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2021, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Zapata has the defensive ability to stay at short. He’s been adding bulk to his frame and hopefully will continue to get stronger.
Zapata showed very good strike zone judgment, but otherwise didn’t hit much, with no power. He split his time between short and third, with a little time at second.
The Pirates brought Zapata to extended spring training, but then sent him back to the DSL. He had a very good year, with significantly more power. In fact, he finished among the league leaders in doubles. He played third, short and second, in that order of frequency.
Zapata should reach the FCL in 2023, when he’ll open the season at 19.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2027
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2025
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|January 15, 2021: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.