Liover Peguero

21-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Pittsburgh Pirates AA
2022 Fantasy Outlook
The emergence of Oneil Cruz and Nick Gonzales as top-20 prospects has pushed Peguero a bit to the side, but there is still a lot to like. He slashed .270/.332/.444 with 14 home runs and 28 steals on 34 tries as a 20-year-old at High-A, good for a 108 wRC+. Peguero lacks one really loud tool, but he is average or better across the board. His 25.2 K% was higher than the rates he registered at recent stops, and his 49.8 GB% was still too high, although it was an improvement on his marks from 2019. Peguero is a good enough defender to play every day at shortstop or second base, and if he gets the playing time, he should chip in double-digit steals while hitting double-digit home runs. Making better swing decisions will be critical as he heads to Double-A this year. Peguero was added to the 40-man roster this offseason to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2022.
Hitting well at Altoona
SSPittsburgh Pirates  AA
April 29, 2022
Peguero has hit .338/.357/.603 with three home runs, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored across 70 plate appearances with Double-A Altoona to begin the 2022 season.
ANALYSIS
Peguero has made the most of his first opportunity at the upper levels of the minor leagues. His 13.6 percent strikeout rate stands out in a positive way, particularly when contrasted with the fact that he has a 25.2 percent rate with High-A Greensboro in 2021. While it's still too early in the campaign to draw conclusions, Peguero has also shown plenty of pop by accruing a .281 ISO and .439 wOBA. The only downside to his profile is a 3.0 percent walk rate, though given the quality of his contact it's difficult to argue he should be swinging less. Pittsburgh moves its prospects notoriously slowly, so Peguero isn't likely to see the majors until 2023.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
Shipped from Arizona to Pittsburgh in last offseason's Starling Marte trade, Peguero has yet to play an official minor-league game for his new club. He made a good impression at the alternate training site and looks like the Pirates' probable shortstop of the future. At 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, Peguero has room to add good weight in the coming years. He has only ever slugged over .360 in the hitter-friendly Dominican Summer League (2018) and the extremely hitter-friendly Pioneer League (2019). He will play in several other pitcher-friendly home ballparks as he moves up the organizational ladder, so we may not get a good sense of his power potential until he reaches the majors. For now, he has a chance to be a plus hitter with enough speed to steal 15-plus bases. He should open his age-20 season at High-A and could finish the year at Double-A.
Peguero was a pretty hot commodity last summer when he was excelling in the hitter-friendly Pioneer League, logging a 153 wRC+ -- his .448 BABIP was not supported by his 54.7 GB%. His production fell closer to the scouting report after a promotion to the Northwest League, where he was roughly league average (101 wRC+). While his numbers with Hillsboro are hardly impressive at first glance, Peguero is a good prospect because he should stick at shortstop while developing average power and utilizing above-average speed on the bases. His hit tool has a chance to be plus, as he gets the bat into the zone in a hurry and uses the whole field. He will also take his walks (8.0 BB%). Peguero needs to eventually make a slight adjustment to his launch angle (GB% north of 53%), but if he does he could be a starting shortstop who logs 15/15 seasons while hitting over .275.
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Added to 40-man roster
SSPittsburgh Pirates  AA
November 19, 2021
Peguero's contract was selected by the Pirates on Friday.
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Scorching hot
SSPittsburgh Pirates  AA
August 2, 2021
Peguero went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of homers for High-A Greensboro on Sunday.
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Modest results in High-A
SSPittsburgh Pirates  AA
July 13, 2021
Peguero is hitting .255/.326/.430 with six home runs, 11 steals, 19 RBI and 32 runs for High-A Greensboro.
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Returns to lineup
SSPittsburgh Pirates  AA
May 28, 2021
Peguero (knee) is in the lineup for High-A Greensboro on Friday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Nearing return
SSPittsburgh Pirates  AA
Knee
May 24, 2021
Peguero (knee) is close to returning from the 7-day minor-league injured list, 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh reports.
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