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Liover Peguero got his first significant sample in the majors in 2023, splitting his time almost exactly evenly between second base and shortstop. From a strictly fantasy perspective, he showed plenty of intrigue by racking up seven homers and six stolen bases in only 213 plate appearances. Those marks would suggest he has 20-20 potential, though there are red flags in his profile that call into question his ability to maintain a full-time job at the big-league level. First was his spiked strikeout rate. Throughout much of his minor-league career, Peguero struck out at a rate in the high teens or low 20s. During his first stint in Pittsburgh, that jumped to 31 percent. Regarded as at least an average defender by most scouting reports, Peguero struggled in that regard as well by delivering well below-average marks in defensive runs saved and range. Despite those warning signs, the Pirates don't have a clear plan at second base, and Peguero could get the first chance at the job. Given his prospect pedigree and surface-level success, he's a worthwhile dart throw in deeper draft formats.

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Year fpts
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
Base on Balls (Walk)
Stolen Bases
Batting Average
2024 .000
2023 109.51.9 21 7 26 11 6 .237
2022 11 1 .333
3y Avg. 551.8 10 4 13 6 3 .240
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Sent to Triple-A

    Peguero was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. The 23-year-old was called up by Pittsburgh on Tuesday and will return to Indianapolis without appearing in a big-league game. Peguero has a .272/.341/.378 slash line with two homers, 34 RBI, 32 runs and five steals in 51 games at Triple-A this year.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Recalled from Triple-A

    The Pirates recalled Peguero from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Peguero was a somewhat surprising exclusion from the Pirates' Opening Day roster and wound up spending a couple months at Indianapolis before getting another shot with the big club. He's slashed .272/.341/.387 this year with Indianapolis, hitting two home runs and stealing five bases. Peguero will back up at both middle infield spots.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Optioned to Indianapolis

    The Pirates optioned Peguero to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. Peguero entered spring camp as the Pirates' likely Opening Day second baseman, but he will instead head to the minors after going 7-for-26 with three RBI. With the 23-year-old in Triple-A, Jared Triolo figures to take over at second base, but Peguero could reclaim his spot if he gets off to a fast start in Indianapolis.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Returns to lineup

    Peguero (illness) is starting at second base in Thursday's spring game against Toronto. Peguero has been out of action since March 13 due to a virus, but his illness appears to have subsided ahead of Thursday's contest. Peguero went 7-for-24 with a homer and three RBI during Grapefruit League play before getting sick, and he remains the favorite to start at second base on Opening Day.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Recovering from virus

    Pirates manager Derek Shelton said Monday that Peguero hasn't been featured in the Grapefruit League lineup since last Wednesday while he recovers from a virus, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. A bug seems to be making its way around the Pirates' spring facility in Bradenton, Fla., as Shelton also noted that reliever Colin Holderman hasn't been available since last Tuesday due to an illness. Peguero had already compiled 24 at-bats in Grapefruit League action before his recent absence, so assuming he's able to get back in action before the Pirates' spring schedule comes to a close March 25, his availability for Opening Day shouldn't be in question. The 23-year-old is likely to begin the season as the Pirates' everyday second baseman.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Favorite for second base job

    Peguero is the favorite to start at second base for the Pirates entering spring training, Jake Crouse of reports. Peguero was promoted to the majors in mid-July and stuck with the team through the close of the 2023 season. He made 33 starts at second base and 39 at shortstop, though Oneil Cruz will be back to handle the latter position in 2024. Peguero will still have to battle with Jared Triolo and Nick Gonzales for playing time at the keystone, but he arguably has the highest long-term upside of the group. That could be enough to convince the Pirates to give him a long look to begin the season, even after he struck out at a 28.1 percent clip with a 64 wRC+ in his first significant taste of the majors.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Steals sixth base

    Peguero went 2-for-4 with a steal in Friday's loss against the Marlins. Peguero secured his sixth stolen base of the season when he swiped second in the fourth inning. The rookie infielder has managed 27 steals in 2023, including 21 during two minor-leagues stops prior to his promotion. Peguero's performance this season has been mediocre outside of the speed as he is slashing .230/.271/.364 over his first 56 big-league games.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Tallies three hits, homer

    Peguero went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and an additional run scored in Tuesday's 6-3 victory over the Royals. Peguero swatted his sixth home run of 2023 on Tuesday, driving in Endy Rodriguez and Josh Palacios on a three-run shot off Steven Cruz in the ninth inning. In the three games prior to Tuesday's outburst, Peguero was 0-for-9 with six strikeouts, and the home run was his first since Aug. 15. On the season, Peguero is slashing .248/.300/.446 across 112 plate appearances, and he's stolen four bases.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Swipes fourth bag

    Peguero went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored Wednesday against the Cardinals. Peguero has experienced some of the ups and downs expected of rookies, as he entered Wednesday's game with only two hits across his prior 17 at-bats. He broke out of that slump with the seventh multi-hit performance in 28 big-league games so far this season. Peguero has seen the majority of his playing time at second base, and that role should be more secure moving forward with Oneil Cruz's (ankle) return in doubt.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Moves to bench Wednesday

    Peguero is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Atlanta. Since being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis shortly after the All-Star break, Peguero has posted a respectable .749 OPS, but he hasn't completely broken free of a timeshare in the middle infield. He'll take a seat Wednesday for the second time in six games Wednesday while Jared Triolo replaces him at second base.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Carving out consistent role

    Peguero went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Tuesday against the Tigers. Peguero has started seven of Pittsburgh's last nine games, five of which have come at shortstop. Of late, he's started primarily at second base, however, with Alika Williams getting a look at shortstop. Peguero had an inconsistent production profile while rising through the minors, but he's taken advantage of his opportunities in Pittsburgh to this point by slugging three homers, driving in eight and scoring four runs across 24 plate appearances.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Second career homer

    Peguero went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI on Saturday against the Phillies. Peguero has been pushed out of playing time in the middle infield in recent days with Nick Gonzales serving as the primary starter at second base and Alika Williams at shortstop. However, Peguero made the case for more playing time by hitting his second big-league homer and also rolling an RBI single through the right side of the infield. He has multiple hits in two of his last three starts.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Swats first homer

    Peguero went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and an additional RBI in Monday's 8-4 win over the Padres. Pegeuro went yard in the fourth inning, and his homer stood as the knock that gave the Pirates enough to win. This was his fifth game since his July 17 call-up, and he's gone 3-for-18 (.167) with two extra-base hits and four RBI. He appears to be the Pirates' preferred shortstop versus left-handed pitchers, but Peguero could see an increased role with Tucupita Marcano (knee) leaving Monday's game with a ligament injury.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Sitting Wednesday

    Peguero is not in the starting lineup Wednesday versus the Guardians. Peguero will head to the bench after he went 0-for-6 with five strikeouts over the first two games of the series. Tucupita Marcano will start at shortstop and bat seventh in the series finale with Cleveland.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Summoned to big leagues

    Peguero was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Peguero, 22, played in one game for the Pirates last season but should get a longer look this time around. He's batted .260/.333/.462 with 13 home runs and 22 stolen bases between Double-A Altoona and Indianapolis in 2023. Peguero could see the bulk of the starts at shortstop for Pittsburgh, with Nick Gonzales focusing more on second base.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Set to join major-league club

    Peguero will be called up by the Pirates on Monday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Peguero began the 2023 campaign at Double-A Altoona but was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis in early July. Over 76 minor-league games this year, he's slashed .256/.330/.458 with 13 home runs, 54 runs, 38 RBI and 21 steals. The 22-year-old made his major-league debut last year during a lone matchup with the Pirates, and he should have plenty of opportunities to play in Pittsburgh down the stretch.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Reassigned to minors camp

    Peguero was reassigned Tuesday to the minor-league side of Pirates camp. Peguero was called up for his MLB debut last June but appeared in only one game with Pittsburgh. The 22-year-old infielder slashed .259/.305/.387 with 10 home runs and 28 stolen bases in 121 games last summer at Double-A.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Scuffling since return to Double-A

    Peguero has slashed just .222/.283/.292 with three home runs, eight steals and a 12:39 BB:K through 46 games since being optioned back to Double-A Altoona. He wasn't exactly lighting up the Eastern League before his June cup of coffee in the majors, but Peguero has had a lot of trouble producing since making his return to Double-A. Though the 21-year-old shortstop has good speed and a bit of pop, the latter has hardly shown up this year. On the bright side, he has actually trimmed his strikeout rate a bit compared to last season.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Heads back to Double-A

    Peguero was optioned to Double-A Altoona on Monday, Alex Stumpf of reports. Peguero somewhat surprisingly beat fellow shortstop prospect Oneil Cruz to the majors last week, but that appeared to be more a matter of geographical proximity than anything else, as he was able to make the short drive from Altoona to Pittsburgh on minimal notice after Tucupita Marcano hit the COVID-19 injured list Friday. Peguero held his own in his lone appearance, going 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts, but the team will now turn to Cruz as the presumed long-term solution at shortstop.
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  • Pirates' Liover Peguero: Batting eighth in big-league debut

    Peguero is starting at shortstop and batting eighth in Saturday's game against the Giants. Peguero was called up by the Pirates on Friday, and he'll make his major-league debut as Saturday's starting shortstop. Over 54 games at Double-A Altoona to begin the year, the 21-year-old slashed .292/.315/.469 with five home runs, 33 RBI, 28 runs and 14 steals.
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