KEVIN MORT
SHORTSTOP
Born: March 10, 1988
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 173
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 2010
College: Mississippi
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

The Pirates signed Mort as an organizational player after he went undrafted. They were probably short on infielders after Yhonathan Barrios went out for hamate surgery and Ty Summerlin went on the restricted list.  Prior to attending U. Miss., Mort played baseball at Rio Hondo CC.  He didn’t show a lot with the bat, but Baseball America described his defense at short as “reliable.”

2010
R:  284/363/347, 176 AB, 7 2B, 2 3B, 20 BB, 16 K, 6-7 SB
A-:  222/417/222, 9 AB, 3 BB

Spent the season in the GCL, where he was the primary shortstop.  He also played some at second and third.  He hit respectably against the younger competition, showing good plate discipline but not much power.  He moved up to State College after the GCL season ended.

2011
A:  234/312/274, 321 AB, 10 2B, 1 HR, 34 BB, 49 K, 5-11 SB

Mort opened the season as the utility infielder at West Virginia, but ended up as the primary secondbaseman when Gift Ngoepe went out for the year with an injury in April.  At the plate, he drew walks and put the ball in play, but didn’t hit for average and had no power.  In the field he had adequate range and his glovework was indeed reliable; he had only two errors in 96 games, including a few at short and third.  That’s a near-impossible total for the low minors.  Between the bad fields, bad scoring decisions, and often bad firstbasemen, most infielders probably get 5-10 errors purely through random chance.  Mort also got attention for pitching five and a third very respectable innings in a 19-inning game.  He blew a two-run lead in his first inning, but then threw four scoreless innings before finally allowing a run to take the loss.  He even fanned four hitters.  It was one of three mound appearances he made during the season, on a team that was strictly limiting the workloads of a very young staff.

Mort will probably be a utility player with one of the class A teams in 2012.  At some point, the Pirates should consider having him play all nine positions in one game.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

NCAA
BA
OBP
SA
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
2009
.286
.357
.318
217
5
1
0
21
17
4
2
2010
.284
.339
.364
236
11
1
2
19
15
4
1
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2012: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 6/21/2010
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 15, 2010: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a non-drafted free agent.