GREG PICART
SECOND BASEMAN
Born: September 25, 1985
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 155
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Drafted: 23rd Round, 675th Overall, 2003
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Adela Brenes Texidor (Puerto Rico)
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

The Pirates originally drafted Picart out of a Puerto Rico HS, then signed him as a draft-and-follow after he’d played a year at Miami Dade JC.  He settled in right away as an organizational utility player.  He’s a reliable defensive player with solid range who doesn’t make a lot of errors.  He’s played a lot at both second and short, and occasionally at third.  Offensively, he’s done well at times, usually depending on whether he’s gotten a decent number of ABs and whether he’s been forced to jump up levels.  He has some speed.  One role Picart has filled for the Pirates has been to act as translator for their Latin American players.

2004
R:  256/333/291, 86 AB, 3 2B, 7 BB, 16 K, 0-3 SB

Spent the season in the GCL, playing about half the time, mainly at second and short.

2005
R:  301/363/466, 103 AB, 10 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 9 BB, 14 K, 6-8 SB 

Returning to the GCL, Picart hit very well, showing good gap power.

2006
A-:  228/248/301, 123 AB, 7 2B, 1 3B, 3 BB, 24 K, 1-7 SB 

Played at Williamsport and probably lost whatever chance he had to get on the prospect track by hitting 228/248/301.  His plate discipline was bad, with three walks and 24 Ks.  He more or less divided his time among second, short and third.

2007
A+:  236/280/380, 258 AB, 14 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 13 BB, 41 K 1-5 SB 

Picart ended up at Lynchburg, playing semi-regularly due to injuries to Shelby Ford, Angel Gonzalez, and Cameron Blair, and Dan Schwartzbauer’s sudden retirement.  He played both middle infield positions and a little outfield.  His hitting line wasn’t good, but considering that he was skipping low A it wasn’t that bad.  He showed some power and had career highs in HRs and extra base hits.  His strike zone judgment was still poor.

2008
A:  253/313/343, 178 AB, 10 2B, 2 HR, 12 BB, 31 K, 4-8 SB
A+:  148/167/198, 81 AB, 4 2B, 1 BB, 12 K 

Returned to Lynchburg as a utility player and didn’t hit at all there.  He moved down to Hickory and was the Crawdads’ primary secondbaseman in July and August, partly because Matt Cavagnaro moved up to Lynchburg.  His hitting improved somewhat.

2009
R:  300/300/350, 20 AB, 1 2B, 3 K, 0-1 SB
A:  308/399/409, 237 AB, 10 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 31 BB, 27 K, 6-13 SB 

Picart missed time at various points in the season due to injury.  In between injuries, he became a starter in the middle infield at West Virginia, alternating between second and short.  He had a very good year offensively, showing dramatically improved plate discipline and decent gap power.  He finished very strongly, posting an OPS of 1.075 in August until a mid-month injury ended his season.

2010
R:  429/429/571, 7 AB, 1 2B, 1 K
A+:  245/302/277, 282 AB, 5 2B, 2 3B, 22 BB, 26 K, 14-17 SB 

Opened as a utility player at Bradenton.  Thanks to an epidemic of injuries there, he got a fair amount of playing time and would have gotten more had he not missed time himself.  He played semi-regularly in April and June and hit .311 and .280, respectively.  In May, July and August, he played much less and hit well below the Mendoza line in each month.  His plate discipline remained good.  Picart saw some time at second, but mainly played short with Brock Holt out for much of the year.

2011
AA:  218/286/259, 170 AB, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 15 BB, 35 K, 3-5 SB
AAA:  000/000/000, 5 AB 

Picart spent the first two months of the season in extended spring training, then joined Altoona when the usual openings occurred.  With Jeremy Farrell hurt, he played a lot at third from late June until mid-August, eventually sharing the position with Yunesky Sanchez.

Picart was be eligible for minor league free agency for the second time, but again re-signed.  He’s been a very helpful player for the Pirates to have in the system.  As in 2011, he’ll open the 2012 season in extended spring training and will no doubt fill in somewhere when a need arises.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2012: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2004
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: Eligible
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 4, 2003: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 23rd round, 675th overall pick; signed as a draft-and-follow on April 27, 2004.
November 1, 2010: Re-signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on a minor league contract before becoming a free agent.
November 2, 2011: Became a free agent.
December 23, 2011: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.