RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|| Born: November 24, 1987
Height: 6′ 3″
Drafted: 12th Round, 355th Overall, 2009
How Acquired: Draft
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|According to Baseball America, Inman entered the 2009 season as a potential first round pick due to his showing as a sophomore and in the Cape Cod League. That sort of endorsement seems overstated to me, as his 2008 performance wasn’t all that good, especially his K rate. He clearly went downhill in 2009, though. His low-90s velocity dropped until it finally hit the low-80s and he was shut down for the season with shoulder tendonitis. BA still rated him the 47th best prospect in California. Given his situation, it seemed to make sense for him to return for his senior year and try to re-establish himself as a top prospect. The Pirates, however, were able to sign him just before the deadline for $425,000.
Was able to appear in a couple of games before the season ended and had no problems. His fastball registered 93-95.
Inman was hitting 96 in training camp in March and was expected to open at West Virginia, but he started the season on the disabled list. He appeared to be close to returning at several points during season, but in the end he was shut down for good in mid-July with elbow discomfort, having been unable to pitch all year.
Inman went to Bradenton and joined the rotation early in the year, although he was kept on very low pitch counts. He eventually managed a couple of five inning starts. He didn’t allow many baserunners but also fanned very few hitters. Unfortunately, in late May he went on the disabled list with the same elbow discomfort he had in 2010. He returned in late August for four brief outings.
Inman started off the season in extended spring training due to an ankle injury, but moved to Bradenton early in the season and finally managed to stay healthy most of the way. He pitched half a dozen games in relief for the Marauders, then pitched out of the Altoona bullpen the rest of the year, except for one spot start. He generally pitched well, a little better than his ERA, but with a low K rate. He had no platoon split worth noting and mostly kept the ball on the ground.
The Pirates sent Inman back to Altoona and he was pitching well in the early going, sitting at 94-95 with his fastball, but he injured his elbow in May. He had Tommy John surgery and missed the rest of the season.
Inman has had trouble staying on the field and, when he’s been able to pitch, he hasn’t dominated the way you’d want to see from a guy with his stuff pitching in relief. He was eligible for the Rule 5 draft for the second time but wasn’t selected. He won’t be ready to pitch until sometime during the 2014 season.