Preston Guilmet

Born: July 27, 1987
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 9th round, 275th overall, 2009 (Indians)
How Acquired: Traded from Orioles (for cash)
College: University of Arizona
Agent: N/A


Guilmet has had impressive numbers as a reliever in five straight years in the minors.  Despite the numbers, he’s never appeared on one of Baseball America’s top prospect lists and he went unselected the one time he was eligible for the Rule 5 draft.  Guilmet succeeds with deception rather than stuff; his fastball is below average, especially for a late-inning, right-handed reliever.  He averages a little over 89 with it, sometimes getting into the low-90s.  He leans heavily on his slider and has occasionally thrown a change.  In most years, he’s had large platoon splits, but he’s had reverse platoon splits twice.  He’s not a groundball pitcher.

A-:  6-6-0, 4.09 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 70.1 IP, 2.0 BB/9, 7.9 K/9

Guilmet made 15 starts in his debut season, putting up solid numbers.  He had a huge platoon split, holding right-handed hitters to an OPS of .598, but getting torched by left-handed hitters at a .943 rate.

A:  4-1-11, 2.25 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 52.0 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 13.7 K/9

The Indians moved Guilmet to the bullpen and he hasn’t started another professional game.  He put up outstanding numbers, but was old for the level.  Despite the impressive numbers, Baseball America did not rank him among the 30 best prospects in the Indians’ system.

A+:  1-1-35, 2.16 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 58.1 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 9.3 K/9

Guilmet again put up impressive numbers, but spent the whole season in high A.

AA:  2-2-24, 2.39 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 52.2 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 8.7 K/9

Still moving one level a year, Guilmet spent the whole season in AA.  He was eligible for the Rule 5 draft after the season but was not selected.

AAA:  5-4-20, 1.68 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 64.1 IP, 2.0 BB/9, 10.1 K/9
MLB:  0-0-0, 10.13 ERA, 2.06 WHIP, 5.1 IP, 5.1 BB/9, 1.7 K/9

Guilmet continued to put up big numbers in the minors, this time in AAA.  The Indians called him up for one game each in July and August, and he appeared in two more in September.  After the season, the Indians designated him for assignment and then traded him to Baltimore.

AAA:  4-2-10, 3.91 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 48.1 IP, 1.9 BB/9, 10.1 K/9
MLB:  0-1-0, 5.23 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 10.1 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 10.5 K/9

Guilmet continued to post impressive peripheral numbers in AAA, although his ERA climbed.  The latter probably resulted in part from an increased HR rate, from 0.6 per nine innings previously to 1.1.  He had a reverse platoon split in AAA, allowing a .706 OPS to right-handed hitters and .567 to left-handed hitters.  The Orioles brought him up in mid-May for about three weeks, then for one game in July.  Baltimore designed Guilmet for assignment near the end of the season and the Pirates swung a cash deal for him after the season.

This is another puzzling acquisition by the Pirates.  There aren’t many right-handed relievers who’ve succeeded in the majors without having considerably better stuff than Guilmet.  It wouldn’t be surprising if they were able to sneak him through waivers at some point during the off-season.  Otherwise, he’ll probably compete for a major league bullpen spot in spring training, and he does have an option left.

UPDATE:  The Pirates designated Guilmet for assignment to clear space for Corey Hart.  The Pirates no doubt hope he’ll clear waivers and can serve as bullpen depth in AAA.

Baseball Reference–Majors
Baseball Reference–Minors
2015: Minor league minimum
Signing Bonus: $35,000
MiLB Debut: 2009
MLB Debut: 7/10/2013
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2020
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 7/7/2013
Options Remaining: 1 (USED:  2013, 2014)
MLB Service Time: 0.069
June 5, 2008: Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 22nd round, 664th overall pick.
June 9, 2009: Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 9th round, 275th overall pick; signed on June 16th.
July 7, 2013:
Contract purchased by the Cleveland Indians.
March 30, 2014: Designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians.
April 7, 2014: Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Baltimore Orioles for Torsten Boss.
September 27, 2014: Designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles.
October 3, 2014: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.
December 19, 2014: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.