JASON ERICKSON
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: February 3, 1987
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 24th Round, 715th Overall, 2009
College: University of Washington
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Erickson gradually improved during his time at Washington.  According to Baseball America, which ranked him 18th among Washington prospects, he threw strikes with three fringy pitches.  As a reliever in the Pirates’ system, his fastball is generally in the low 90s, and his main secondary pitch is a slider.

2009
A-:  4-2-0, 2.70 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 56.2 IP, 1.1 BB/9, 7.8 K/9 

Pitched fairly well as part of State College’s “rotation” of pitchers who alternated between starting and long relief, generally pitching about four innings at a time either way.  His strength was excellent control.  Opponents hit .263 against him and his K rate was decent.

2010
A:  8-6-0, 4.27 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 128.2 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 6.0 K/9

Erickson led the West Virginia staff in innings, making 20 starts and 11 relief appearances.  He pitched well as swing man in the first half, with a 2.68 ERA.  In the second half he was strictly a starter and got hit harder, posting a 5.40 ERA.  At all times Erickson threw strikes but didn’t miss many bats.  He had a reverse platoon split, as left-handed batters hit only .220 against him while right-handed batters hit .306.

2011
A+:  3-2-3, 4.33 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 70.2 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 6.5 K/9 

Spending the year in the Bradenton bullpen except for a few spot starts, Erickson put up somewhat weaker numbers.  He had a little more trouble with HRs, allowing the same number (9) as the previous year in almost 60 fewer innings.  He again had a reverse platoon split, with left-handed hitters posting a .773 OPS against him and right-handed hitters .698.

Erickson settled in as an organizational pitcher, but the Pirates released him at the end of spring training in 2012.  As far as I can tell, he was out of organized baseball until June 2013, when the Pirates signed him again.  They probably need arms in class A, most likely at Bradenton.

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
1-0-0
6
0
6.2
20
3
7
3
9.5
4.1
4.05
.513
24.32
2007
4-3-1
20
8
64.0
77
3
17
28
2.4
3.9
1.47
.304
4.78
2008
3-3-0
9
6
45.2
46
1
13
35
2.6
6.9
1.29
.264
3.55
2009
5-4-0
14
11
74.2
81
5
18
55
2.2
6.6
1.33
.285
4.34
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2013: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2009
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2015
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2012
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 8, 2005: Selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 44th round, 1317th overall pick.
June 10, 2009: Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 24th round, 715th overall pick; signed on June 17.
March 31, 2012: Released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
June 4, 2013: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.