BRANDON BINGEL, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: February 2, 1995
Drafted: 22nd Round, 675th Overall, 2016
How Acquired: Draft
College: Bryant University
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Bingel became a regular starter for Bryant as a junior after serving as a swing man in his sophomore year. As a junior he had a 3.77 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. He struck out 64 in 74 innings. At 5’10”, he was an uncharacteristic selection for the Pirates. Bingel also played in the infield regularly and showed some power, hitting 15 HRs over the last two seasons. He signed quickly.
Bingel pitched in relief, sometimes as closer, for Morgantown. He didn’t show great control or miss many bats, but opponents hit .238 against him and slugged only .325. He pitched very well for the first two months, with an OPS of .481 in June and .475 in July. In August, though, hitters battered him for a 1.117 OPS.
A little surprisingly, the Pirates sent Bingel back to Morgantown. He wasn’t as effective this time around, with opponents putting up a robust 261/324/424 line against him. (League average was just 240/316/340.) He held right-handed hitters to a 234/275/277 line, but left-handed hitters torched him for 289/373/578.
Bingel’s stuff doesn’t seem to be playing well in pro ball. The Pirates have something of an up-or-out approach, so it’s likely they’ll give him a shot at West Virginia at some point next year to see whether he can succeed there.
|2018: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2016
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2019
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 11, 2016: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 22nd round, 675th overall pick; signed on June 15.|