Swaggerty will open the year with High-A Bradenton, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.
He excelled in the New York-Penn League after the Pirates selected him with the 10th overall pick in last year's draft, but his production fell off in a 16-game run at Low-A. Nevertheless, the Pirates like what they have in Swaggerty, so he will get the benefit of the doubt with an aggressive assignment to the Florida State League. If he can improve upon last year's 25.3 percent strikeout rate, the power and speed production should be pretty enticing.
The Pirates have promoted Swaggerty from their short-season New York-Penn League affiliate to Low-A West Virginia, Shane Hennigan of MiLB.com reports.
It didn't take long for the 10th overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft to earn his first promotion, as Swaggerty proved no match for the New York-Penn League, slashing .288/.365/.453 with 13 extra-base hits in 36 games. The 20-year-old outfielder seems likely to finish out the campaign at Low-A before eyeing an assignment at High-A Bradenton to begin the 2019 season.