- Full name Dario Abdiel Agrazal
- Born 12/28/1994 in Aguadulce, Panama
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 225 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- Debut 06/15/2019
Organization Prospect Rankings
Track Record: Argazal has risen steadily through the Pirates' minor league ranks thanks to his ability to get ground outs and avoid walking batters. He has walked just 76 batters in 519.2 innings and has never issued more than 18 walks in a season.
Scouting Report: Argazal was on track for his best season as a professional in 2018, throwing six no-hit innings in the season opener with Double-A Altoona and posting a 1.30 ERA and 0.82 WHIP as of May 13. However, a shoulder injury cost him two months, and he ended the season by allowing 10 runs, including five home runs, in three innings in his final start. He has an fringe-average fastball with downhill plane that sits between 90-92 mph, a fringe-average changeup that matches it and an average slider he can use for swings and misses. The Pirates want to see more confidence in his stuff, and believe there is more velocity in his arm than he has shown. Argazal's plus control is vital to his success.
The Future: Argazal might need to open at Altoona in 2019 to prove himself before he can move up to Indianapolis.
Agrazal has put on substantial size since being signed out of Panama in 2012, which has allowed him to add more velocity. Though he missed much of the 2017 season with a right pectoral strain, he was still named a midseason all-star for the second time in three years, thanks to excellent work at high Class A Bradenton. Agrazal's fastball is a four-seamer, but it has constant downhill angle and comes in around 96 mph, which leads to consistent ground balls. He also has an average slider and an average changeup with sinking action. All of those pitches usually lead to the ball staying on the ground, and he recorded nearly two ground out for every air out during his time in Bradenton. Agrazal also has excellent control and has never walked more than 18 batters in a season, striking out 65 against 12 walks in 2017. Agrazal moved up to Double-A Altoona before his injury, so he'll likely start the 2018 season there.