RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
| Born: February 3, 1987
Height: 6′ 1″
Drafted: 24th Round, 715th Overall, 2009
College: University of Washington
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Erickson gradually improved during his time at Washington. According to Baseball America, which ranked him 18th among Washington prospects, he threw strikes with three fringy pitches. As a reliever in the Pirates’ system, his fastball is generally in the low 90s, and his main secondary pitch is a slider.
Pitched fairly well as part of State College’s “rotation” of pitchers who alternated between starting and long relief, generally pitching about four innings at a time either way. His strength was excellent control. Opponents hit .263 against him and his K rate was decent.
Erickson led the West Virginia staff in innings, making 20 starts and 11 relief appearances. He pitched well as swing man in the first half, with a 2.68 ERA. In the second half he was strictly a starter and got hit harder, posting a 5.40 ERA. At all times Erickson threw strikes but didn’t miss many bats. He had a reverse platoon split, as left-handed batters hit only .220 against him while right-handed batters hit .306.
Spending the year in the Bradenton bullpen except for a few spot starts, Erickson put up somewhat weaker numbers. He had a little more trouble with HRs, allowing the same number (9) as the previous year in almost 60 fewer innings. He again had a reverse platoon split, with left-handed hitters posting a .773 OPS against him and right-handed hitters .698.
Erickson settled in as an organizational pitcher, but the Pirates released him at the end of spring training in 2012. As far as I can tell, he was out of organized baseball until June 2013, when the Pirates signed him again. They probably need arms in class A, most likely at Bradenton.