LOGAN STOELKE, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: August 26, 1995
Height: 6′ 3″
Drafted: 9th Round, 264th Overall, 2018
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Louisiana Lafayette
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Stoelke was strictly a reliever in his four years in college and didn’t pitched many innings. He threw just 49.2 combined, with 33 coming in 2018. Stoelke had a 2.97 ERA in those 33 innings, with a 36:15 K:BB ratio. He threw so seldom because he was previously an outfielder and was his team’s starting center fielder his junior year. He switched to pitching full-time as a senior.
Stoelke throws 92-95 MPH and has an average changeup. He also has what Baseball America described as a fringy breaking ball. He had shoulder and groin injuries in 2018, but they didn’t cause him to miss much time. Baseball America rated him as the 416th best prospect in the draft. As a college senior, he signed quickly and for just over $100,000 less than the slot amount.
Stoelke shared the closer duties at Morgantown and had a very strong debut. He also got into three games at West Virginia at the end of the season. Stoelke put up extremely high K rates and held opposing batters to a .105 average. Left-handed batters managed just a .451 OPS against him, but right-handed batters put up a pitiful .293 figure.
Stoelke had a strong debut and the Pirates may push him up to Bradenton in 2019. If he keeps pitching well he could move very quickly.
|2019: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $50,000
MiLB Debut: 2018
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 5, 2018: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 9th round, 264th overall pick; signed on June 11.|