OWEN SHARTS, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: November 23, 1999
Drafted: Round 13, 373rd overall Overall, 2021
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Nevada
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Sharts got six starts into his junior season at Nevada when he had Tommy John surgery. The injury possibly contributed to serious control problems — 32 walks in 31.1 IP — and a drop in velocity from topping out at 95 mph to 89-92. He was considered an early round talent when he went to college, as the fastball has good movement and his curve was a potentially outstanding pitch. He also has a below average change. Even with the surgery, Baseball America rated him 373rd in the draft class, which is exactly where the Pirates selected him.
The surgery kept Sharts out, as expected.
Sharts went to the FCL to work his way back and had massive control problems. Apart from 27 walks in 11 innings, he hit two batters and threw ten wild pitches. Things got a little better over time. He walked 19 in his first six innings and eight in his last five, but it still obviously was a problem.
Whether Sharts can join Bradenton next year or ends up back in the FCL will probably depend on the progress he makes with the strike zone during the off-season.
|2023: Minor league salary
|Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: 2022
MiLB FA Eligible: 2027
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2024
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 6, 2018: Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 32nd round, 959th overall pick.
July 13, 2021: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 13th round, 373rd overall pick; signed on July 20.