What Tucupita Marcano brings to Pittsburgh

In 2021 the Pittsburgh Pirates have been one of baseball’s worst teams. With the trade deadline less than a week away, they continued to look towards the future. On Sunday night, Pittsburgh traded Adam Frazier to the Padres for three prospects. While Frazier has been a catalyst at the top of the lineup Pittsburgh is still a few years away from contention and were trying to maximize his value. The main piece for the Pirates was infielder Tucupita Marcano.

So far this season, Marcano has appeared in 25 games in the majors. In that span, the Venezuelan native is batting .182 in 44 at-bats. The twenty-one-year-old has eight hits and one double. While Marcano has struggled in the majors, he has been a player of interest for Pittsburgh for a while.

In the offseason, Marcano was off-limits in the Joe Musgrove trade. At the time, he was not available, which shows how highly he’s regarded. When injuries piled earlier this season, the Padres gave their fifth-best prospect a chance at second base. While he is currently in the minors, he won’t stay there all season.

Expectations for Marcano

Regardless of his numbers in the majors this year, Marcano still has a lot of upside. He is a smart hitter who makes consistent contact and controls the zone. The young infielder lacks power but can line the ball to all fields. He is seen as average in the field but has plus speed.

While Marcano has the ability to get on base, he has to be more selective in the strike zone. He could develop into a serious threat offensively if he swings at more pitches that he can do damage with. He has a similar profile to Frazier and has more walks than strikeouts this year in Triple-A.

Over the next week, the Pirates are expected to be one of the busiest teams in baseball. They also have veterans such as Tyler Anderson and Richard Rodriguez who could help contending teams. With the Frazier trade, however, they moved their biggest trade chip. Marcano will be a player to watch as his Pirates debut will come sooner rather than later in the second half.

-Jamie Gatlin ( JamieGatlin17 on Twitter)

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