Liover Peguero (pronounced “lEE-over puh-GAIR-oh”)... Learned how to spell and speak English by writing down lyrics from American music around the age of 10...Began his professional career with the Dominican Summer League Diamondbacks in 2018 after signing with Arizona as a non-drafted free agent in 2017.
Spent all but one game with Double-A Altoona...Ranked fifth in the Eastern League in hits and eighth in stolen bases (his 28 stolen bases ranked fourth among Pirates minor leaguers)...Began the season with Altoona, where he was the Opening Day starter at shortstop and homered in his second at-bat on 4/8 vs. Harrisburg... Hit safely in eight straight games from 4/2-28, going 17-for-35 (.486) with six multi-hit efforts while raising his average from .258 to .379...Produced a .357 average (15-for-42), three doubles, two triples, one home run, nine RBI and a .981 OPS during a 10-game hitting streak from 5/18-29...Made his Major League debut on 6/18 vs. San Francisco; started the game at shortstop and singled off Alex Wood in his second at-bat while going 1-for-3; at 21 years old, became the youngest Pirates player to appear in a game since Aramis Ramirez, who was 19 years and 335 days old at the time of his debut on 5/26/98...Was optioned to Altoona on 6/20...Hit safely in nine of his final 10 games.
Entered season ranked by both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America as the fifth-best prospect in the Pirates minor league system... Spent entire season with High-A Greensboro, where he made 86 starts at shortstop... Ranked second among High-A East players in stolen base behind teammate Lolo Sanchez (30)... Homered in each of his first two games on 5/4-5 and batted .323 (10-for-31) in eight games during the month of May... Homered twice on 6/26 vs. Greenville... Was named the league’s Player-of-the-Week for the week of 7/26-8/1 after hitting .423 (11-for-26) with five homers and 12 RBI in six games... Homered in four straight games from 7/29 thru 8/1, which included a two-homer game on 8/1 vs. Winston-Salem... Produced a .329 (25-for-76) batting average and .920 OPS over his last 18 regular-season games, reaching base safely in 16 of the games, dating back to 8/25...Hit safely in all six post-season games against Bowling Green, going 6-for-21 (.286) with three RBI and three stolen bases.
Was ranked by FanGraphs as Arizona’s fifth-best prospect (No. 7 by Baseball America) at the time he was acquired by the Pirates...Was a member of Pittsburgh’s alternate training site in Altoona...Was listed by MLB Pipeline as the “Best Athlete” among Pirates minor leaguers at the end of the season.
Hit a combined .326 (74-for-227) in 60 games between Missoula and Hillsboro during the 2019 season...Was named to the 2019 Pioneer League mid- and post-season All-Star teams...Was named the Northwest League Player-of-the-Week for the week of 8/5-11 in 2019 after hitting .471 (8-for-17) with four doubles, one triple, two RBI and two runs scored.