TOM BOLESKA
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: July 30, 1986
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 35th Round, 1054th Overall, 2007
How Acquired: Draft
College: High Point University
Agent: The Drana Group
ETA: 2012+

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

The Pirates selected Boleska as a draft-eligible sophomore; he missed 2005 with an arm injury. His prospect status was uncertain due to the lack of a track record and inconsistent velocity that sometimes was in the 90s and other times not. He has a good slider and served as the High Point closer in 2007. The K rate made him an attractive gamble. He’s been plagued by injuries through most of his pro career.

2007: Signed a week before deadline and got in a few outings in the GCL and the NY-P, fanning a lot of hitters.

2008: Started season in extended spring training but joined Hickory later in April. Pitched very well for Crawdads, allowing very few baserunners. Also had a ground out/air out ratio of 1.63, which is a good combination with high K rate. The one time I saw him he was topping out at about 90-91, but was struggling with an oblique strain and didn’t pitch again the rest of the year. Earlier in the year his velocity had been better. Had significant platoon split, as LH batters hit .254 against him and RH a measly .128, no doubt a testament to his slider.

2009: Opened with Lynchburg, but went out injured again after just two outings. Returned in late July after rehabbing in GCL. ERA was outstanding, but except for very low walk rate his other numbers weren’t. The couple of times I saw him, his command was shaky, notwithstanding the lack of walks. It seems likely that missing so much time had an impact. Still had large platoon split.

2010: Back in high A, Boleska struggled early. By the end of May, ERA was well over 5.00, but pitched very well after that and earned promotion to Altoona in late July. Continued pitching well in AA; five of eight earned runs he allowed came in one very bad outing. Doesn’t have dominant stuff, but has been effective most of the time when he’s been healthy enough to pitch.

Boleska was eligible for the Rule 5 draft, but the Pirates did not add him to the 40-man roster and he wasn’t selected. He’ll probably open 2011 back at Altoona.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

NCAA
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
BB/9
K/9
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2006
3-7-4
20
9
62.1
69
4
38
36
5.5
5.2
1.72
 
5.78
2007
4-1-7
27
0
37.0
34
2
11
53
2.7
12.9
1.22
.241
3.16
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2011: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $100,000
MiLB Debut: 2007
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2013
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3 (As of start of 2010 season)
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 8, 2007: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 35th round, 1054th overall pick.
August 7, 2007: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates to a minor league contract with a $100,000 bonus.