BRYTON TREPAGNIER
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
  Born: September 18, 1991
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 41st Round, 1227th Overall, 2010
How Acquired: Draft
High School: East St John
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Trepagnier when he was drafted threw around 89-92.  He fanned 69 in 64 IP in high school in 2010 and signed a letter of intent with Bossier Parish CC.  Like most of the prep RHPs the Pirates draft, his size should give him some projection.  He signed about a month after the draft.  His fastball velocity has increased from mostly in the upper-80s around 2011 to around 92-93 and he throws an improving slider.

2010
R:  1-2-0, 4.74 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 19 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 7.1 K/9

Mostly pitched well in the GCL.  His ERA was high, but his numbers suffered from one terrible outing in which he allowed six earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.

2011
R:  1-3-0, 6.04 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 28.1 IP, 3.5 BB/9, 4.4 K/9 

Returned to the GCL and struggled, allowing a .308 opponents’ batting average and posting a much lower K rate than in 2010.

2012
R:  4-1-1, 3.21 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 28.0 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 7.1 K/9
A-:  0-0-0, 3.38 ERA, 2.63 WHIP, 2.2 IP, 6.8 BB/9, 3.4 K/9 

Trepagnier took a step backward in 2011 and returned to the GCL again.  This time he showed significant improvement, with his fastball velocity increasing to 92-93 at least some of the time.  He also started to show a good slider.  He moved up to State College at the end of the year and got into two games.

2013
A:  5-5-3, 4.95 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 72.2 IP, 4.8 BB/9, 8.5 K/9

Trepagnier spent the season in the West Virginia bullpen and made progress despite some severe ups and downs.  He got hammered early, giving up a .345 opponents’ average and 9.49 ERA in April.  Much of the damage came in one outing in which he allowed seven runs in an inning and two-thirds.  Starting in early June, though, he had a stretch of 14 outings with a 1.26 ERA.  He started having control problems in July and, after walking only 14 in his first 42.2 IP, he walked 25 in his last 30.  In August his ERA was 8.79 as he walked more than a batter an inning.  Considering that his innings total more than doubled from his previous high, it’s possible that Trepagnier simply wore down.  Overall, he had a ground out to air out ratio of nearly 2-1.  He had a reverse platoon split, allowing an OPS of .765 to right-handed batters and .665 to left-handed batters.

2014
A+:  4-1-9, 2.53 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 53.1 IP, 5.6 BB/9, 6.8 K/9

Trepagnier had an interesting year pitching in relief for Bradenton.  He held opponents to a .190 average and .240 slugging average, allowed only one HR, and gave up far fewer baserunners than in 2013.  On the other hand, his walk and K rates both were much worse, to the point where he didn’t strike out that many more than he walked.  He spent part of the year as the Marauders’ closer, but eventually lost that role to Josh Smith.

It’s hard to say whether Trepagnier’s 2014 season marked continuing progress or not, given the walk and K numbers.  He’s eligible for the Rule 5 draft now, but isn’t likely to be selected.  He should be in the Altoona bullpen in 2015.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2016
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 9, 2010: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 41st round, 1227th overall pick; signed on July 5.