Elijah Birdsong

ELIJAH BIRDSONG, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: October 11, 1999
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 18th Round, 530th Overall, 2022
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of the Pacific
Agent:

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
A college senior, Birdsong was mainly a reliever as a freshman, then the season was cut short in his sophomore year due to the pandemic.  His junior season was lost entirely to Tommy John surgery.  He returned as a starter for his senior year and had a 5.68 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.  He struck out 37 and walked 19 in 44.1 IP.  He throws 90-93 mph.

2022
R:  0-0-0, 6.75 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 4.0 IP, 6.8 BB/9, 6.8 K/9

Birdsong made four relief appearances in the FCL, with middling results.

Birdsong should be somewhere in class A in 2023.  The Pirates’ track record with college pitching draftees isn’t good . . . in fact, it’s awful . . . so Birdsong will be trying to buck the trend.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2023: Minor league salary
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $100,000
MiLB Debut: 2022
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2028
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2025
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
July 19, 2022: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 18th round, 530th overall pick; signed on July 26.