Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/15/14
OSCAR TEJEDA
SECOND BASEMAN Born: December 26, 1989
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 170
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l free agent, 2006 (Red Sox)
How Acquired: Waiver Claim (from Red Sox)
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: Legacy Sports Group WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Tejeda was considered a very good prospect at the time the Red Sox signed him.  He had very good bat speed and was expected to develop good power, although there was also a chance that he’d outgrow shortstop, his original position.  He’s never developed as a hitter, though, no doubt in large part due to an unwillingness to take pitches.  The Sox moved him to second in 2010 and then to left field in 2012.  By the time Boston designated him for assignment, he was no longer regarded as highly as before.  The Pirates claimed him off waivers.

2007
R:  295/344/399, 173 AB, 13 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 15 BB, 27 K, 6-8 SB
A-:  298/347/395, 94 AB, 5 2B, 2 3B, 6 BB, 26 K, 4-5 SB

The Red Sox aggressively brought Tejeda to the GCL at age 17 and then promoted him during the season.  He held his own at bat.  He played exclusively at short and had trouble with errors, producing a very low .926 fielding percentage between the two levels.  Just the same, Baseball America ranked him among the top ten prospects in both leagues.

2008
A:  261/301/347, 372 AB, 18 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 20 BB, 76 K, 11-16 SB

Tejeda didn’t hit very well in low A.  The poor K:BB ratio was a sign of things to come.  He played mostly short but got into 17 games at third.  He continued having trouble with errors.

2009
A:  257/311/332, 370 AB, 13 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 30 BB, 89 K, 3-8 SB

Tejeda returned to low A and had almost exactly the same season as 2008.  He played exclusively at short and had a .933 fielding percentage.

2010
A+:  307/344/455, 508 AB, 32 2B, 5 3B, 11 HR, 32 BB, 96 K, 17-24 SB

Tejeda had by far his best pro season in high A.  His plate discipline, though, remained weak.  The Red Sox moved him to second and he played all his games there.

2011
AA:  249/297/339, 457 AB, 24 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 29 BB, 101 K, 13-17 SB

Tejeda’s hitting in AA declined more or less to what it was in low A.  His plate discipline also declined.  He continued to play second.

2012
AA:  262/294/396, 202 AB, 12 2B, 5 HR, 9 BB, 41 K, 2-3 SB

Tejeda went back to AA and continued to struggle prior to the Pirates claiming him.  His power did improve a little, but his walk rate dropped to a career low.  The Red Sox played him exclusively in left and at DH.

The Pirates’ decision to claim Tejeda is puzzling, given that they’re loaded with possible utility players at the upper levels and also given Tejeda’s failure to show any signs of developing as a hitter.  Boston’s decisions to move him first to second and then to left don’t speak well of his defense, either.  He appears to be Yamaico Navarro with a weaker track record and far weaker plate discipline.

STATS Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2012: Minor league contract PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: $525,000
MiLB Debut: 2007
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2013
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: November 19, 2010
Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2011, 2012)
MLB Service Time: 0.000 TRANSACTIONS July 2, 2006: Signed by the Boston Red Sox as an international free agent.
November 19, 2010: Contract purchased by the Boston Red Sox.
June 24, 2012: Designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox.
June 27, 2012: Claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Boston Red Sox.


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