CHASE LYLES
THIRD BASEMAN
Born: January 13, 1987
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 32nd Round, 957th Overall, 2010
How Acquired: Draft
College: Northwestern State
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Lyles had a breakout year in his junior season, but didn’t repeat it the following year.  As a fifth-year senior, he played at age 23.  He doesn’t seem to be a strong defensive player.

2010
A-:  241/344/393, 191 AB, 5 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 24 BB, 34 K, 4-9 SB

Split time between third and DH, although Kelson Brown ended up playing more at third, probably because he was better defensively.  Apart from Matt Curry, Lyles was the closest thing Spikes had to a power hitter, which isn’t saying much.  He got off to strong start, posting an OPS of .899 in thirteen June games, but his OPS was only .644 in July before he rebounded to .746 in August.  This was the pattern generally with State College, as their hitting dropped off dramatically once other teams’ college draftees started showing up.  Lyles’ plate discipline was good.

2011
A:  241/328/341, 249, 11 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 29 BB, 44 K, 5-11 SB

Lyles started the season in extended spring training and joined West Virginia only in mid-June.  He continued to show solid strike zone judgment, but didn’t hit a great deal.  He did have by far his best month in August, with an OPS of .774.  He played about half the time at first, splitting the rest of his time between third and DH.

Lyles appears to have settled in very quickly as an organizational player.  He’ll probably open 2012 with one of the class A affiliates.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

NCAA
BA
OBP
SA
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
2007
.284
.339
.419
155
6
0
5
11
38
7
3
2008
.282
.359
.395
195
10
0
4
22
35
20
3
2009
.366
.461
.691
194
17
2
14
27
33
17
5
2010
.350
.436
.514
220
13
1
7
32
22
34
9
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2012: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 6/18/2010
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2016
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2013
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 32nd round, 957th overall pick; signed on June 14.