||Born: May 16, 1989
Height: 6′ 0″
Drafted: 15th Round, 447th Overall, 2010
College: Arizona State
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Maggi showed limited power but good on-base ability in college, which combined with good speed makes him profile well as a top-of-the-order hitter. Despite the lack of power, though, he strikes out a lot. He’s a solid SS defensively and was named the best defensive player in the summer 2010 world championships. Scouts seemed to like him more for his competitive approach than his tools; thankfully, nobody seems to use the word “scrappy” any more. Maggi was a sophomore eligible and figured to be difficult to sign, but he agreed on the last day for a reported bonus of $468,000, which is late second round money.
Got into eighteen games for State College and struggled mightily at the plate. He also had some problems in the field, where he had eight errors. It was a small sample size, though.
The Pirates in the past have moved well-regarded college infielders, such as Brock Holt and Brian Friday, directly to high A in their first full seasons, but they sent Maggi to West Virginia, possibly due to the weak showing at State College. He initially alternated between the two middle infield positions with Gift Ngoepe, but after Ngoepe got hurt early in the year he became the regular shortstop for the rest of the season. Maggi got off to a miserable start at the plate, hitting just .141 in April. He eventually got hot in June, hitting 340/432/479, but he slumped to 204/308/258 in July. He then hit .323 in August and September. Overall his line wasn’t bad, but he didn’t excel the way you’d want a player from a major college program to do in low A. He did show good strike zone judgment. He had a big platoon split; his OPS was over 100 points better hitting left-handed, but one-year splits can be deceiving. Maggi showed good enough range in the field, but I’m not sure he has the arm for short.
Maggi opened the season at Bradenton as the secondbaseman, with Ngoepe at short. He continued to show good patience at the plate, but he struck out a lot and what gap power he had mostly disappeared. Surprisingly, the Pirates moved him up to Altoona in late June as part of a number of player moves. Initially he played in the outfield corners, then he moved to short after Brock Holt moved up to Indianapolis. Maggi only played about two-thirds of the time in July and August; between that, the time he spent in the outfield, and the promotion following a couple of mediocre months in high A, it looks as though the Pirates now regard him more as a utility player than anything else.
Maggi spent the season as a utility player with Altoona. He played 26 games each at short and in left, and a handful or so at first, second and third. He did a decent job of getting on base and using his speed on the bases. He had a huge platoon split, with a .778 OPS against LHPs and .590 against RHPs.
Maggi transitioned surprisingly quickly to an organizational utility player, a role that he’s done well in. You have to wonder whether the Pirates concluded their original scouting judgments weren’t on target. He’ll return to Altoona in a similar role in 2014.