Jack Carey

Born: September 20, 1999
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Round 11, 313th Overall, 2021
How Acquired: Draft
College: Duke University
Agent: N/A

Carey was a regular starter for Duke as a junior after pitching in relief as a freshman.  His sophomore season, of course, was largely eliminated by the pandemic.  His numbers as a junior weren’t impressive:  a 5.24 ERA, 25 walks and 69 strikeouts in 68.2 IP.  He gained ground by pitching better late in the year, but remained erratic.  He throws 93-94 mph, with a slider as probably his best secondary pitch.  He also throws a curve, cutter and change.  Baseball America ranked him 237th among draft prospects.  The Pirates picking him in round 11 may have been an indication that they committed much of their bonus pool to their first four picks.

R:  1-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 1.0 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9
A+:  0-0-0, 6.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 4.1 IP, 4.2 BB/9, 8.3 K/9

Carey pitched in one game near the end of the season in the FCL, then got into three games at Greensboro when a number of the pitchers there went on the COVID IL.  He had a rough time in his first game there and pitched well in the others.

A+:  4-6-1, 5.75 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 61.0 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 9.1 K/9

The Pirates sent Carey back to Greensboro and he pitched in relief, apart from four starts.  None of it went well.  Opponents put up an .803 OPS against him and he was especially bad in the season’s second half.  He had a huge home/road split, even though he gave up only five of his nine gopher balls at home, so the ballpark at Greensboro didn’t help him for whatever reason.  Left-handed hitters were a huge problem, torching Carey for a 1.028 OPS.

Carey doesn’t look ready for AA.

2023: Minor league salary
Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2027
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2024
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
July 13, 2021: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th round, 313th overall pick; signed on July 20.