Pirates In The System: Hudson Head's Patience Has Walks Pouring In

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In efforts to boost the depth of the farm system, Ben Cherington made several trades in the offseason, adding a much needed influx of talent. One player acquired in the offseason was outfielder Hudson Head.

The 19-year old outfield is in his first full season of professional baseball after being selected in the third round by the San Diego Padres back in 2019 before being included in the Joe Musgrove trade before the season.

Through the first part of the season, you can see why they Pirates were insistent on him being included in the trade.

While it's obvious he's still learning the pro game, Head has showed the plate discipline of a player years ahead of where he is at, especially considering losing a developmental year in 2020. Despite an average that has been hovering around the Mendoza line (.200) for most of the season, Head was able to generate an on-base streak of 27 games.

His ability to draw walks shows his potential advance approach to the plate, as in his 38 games he has appeared in, Head has draw a free pass in 25 of them.

Head's 35 total walks puts him fifth in the Low-A Southeast division. The four ahead of him, are the only players with 40 or more walks in all of the minor leagues. His walk total would be either in a tie for or in first place of at least five different divisions across all levels.

While working the count, Head has shown the patience to wait for the right pitch, and the ability to turn on it when it comes around. Nearly half (12-of-25) of his hits this season have gone for extra bases (7 2B, 5 HR). 

Omar Cruz Slated for Friday Start

Speaking of the Musgrove trade, Omar Cruz is currently scheduled to make his Altoona Curve debut on Friday after getting promoted from Greensboro earlier in the week. The left handed pitcher from Mexico had started seven games for the Grasshoppers, going 3-3 with 38 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings pitched this year. 

The 22 year old is currently the 22nd ranked prospect for the Pirates, according to MLB.com.

Some random numbers from number crunching the stat column on MiLB.com (Bradenton based);

>>Talking about players in their first full season and their early season adjustments, Sammy Siani has continued his strong month of June with eight hits in his last four games.

After batting .182/.345/.364 in the month of May, striking out 26 times compared to walk 16, the 37th overall pick in 2019 has really turned it in June. Eight of his 17 hits have been for extra bases, and he has a batting slash of .288/.436/.576 for an 1.012 OPS. He has also walked (17) more times than he has struck out (10). That has shot him up to 14th in his division with a .232 ISO.

>>Blake Sabol hasn't gotten many at bats but he's made them count, his 13.00 AB/HR mark is fourth in the division, while Jase Bowen trails closely with a 19.00 total - good for tenth.

>>Endy Rodriguez is in a tie for fifth in total bases with 66, Bowen ranks 10th (64) while Siani rounds out the Marauders in the top-20 (17th with 58).

Bowen's seven home runs in second in Low-A Southeast. Santiago Florez is second in strikeouts with 56. As more players move around the system, you'd have to imagine he'd be one of the next to get the call in Greensboro.

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