Sean Sullivan

SEAN SULLIVAN, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: October 2, 2000
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Round 8, 223rd Overall, 2021
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of California
Agent: N/A
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
Sullivan started for three years at California.  As a junior, he had a 3.68 ERA, with 22 walks and 75 strikeouts.  He throws the standard four pitches.  His slider is the best, with the others about average.  He throws in the low-90s and can get up to 95.  All of his pitches play up due to good command.  Sullivan profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter, but could get better if he gets stronger.  Baseball America ranked Sullivan 138th among draft prospects, MLB Pipeline 212th.  He signed for a little under the slot value of $192,900.

2021
DNP

Like a number of the pitchers the Pirates drafted in 2021, Sullivan didn’t pitch that year.

2022
A+:  2-5-1, 4.68 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 75.0 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 10.1 K/9

The Pirates sent Sullivan to Greensboro, where he mostly pitched as a starter.  He had good walk and K rates, but got hit hard some of the time.  Opponents had a .469 slugging average against him, including 16 gopher balls, or better than one every five innings.  Of those, 11 came at home, so the Greensboro ballpark didn’t help, but Sullivan was only a little more effective on the road than at home.

Like most of the pitchers that the Pirates have drafted out of college under Ben Cherington, Sullivan ran into trouble while still in class A.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2023: Minor league salary
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $175,000
MiLB Debut: 2022
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
TRANSACTIONS
July 12, 2021: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 8th round, 223rd overall pick; signed on July 16.