JASON CREASY
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
  Born: May 13, 1992
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 8th Round, 242nd Overall, 2011
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Clayton HS, Clayton, NC
Agent:  N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Creasy has a projectable frame, but so far only throws in the upper 80s, touching 90 MPH.  He has good mechanics, with loose arm action that projects for added velocity going forward.  He keeps his fastball down in the zone, and also throws a curveball.  He was the #40 prospect out of North Carolina and had a commitment to NC State, but signed with the Pirates in mid-July.

2011
R:  0-0-0, 1.69 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, 5.1 IP, 5.1 BB/9, 5.1 K/9

Got into three GCL games late in the season.

2012
A-:  0-5-0, 5.63 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 54.1 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 4.8 K/9

Creasy spent 2012 in the State College rotation.  He threw in the low 90s and his slider showed some potential, but overall he didn’t pitch well.  Opponents hit .301 against him and he didn’t miss many bats.

2013
A:  6-4-3, 2.74 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 108.1 IP, 2.0 BB/9, 8.0 K/9

Creasy took a big step forward at West Virginia.  He opened the season in the bullpen, but moved to the rotation roughly at the mid-point.  He pitched well in relief, but even better as a starter, posting a 2.47 ERA and allowing only two HRs in 65.2 IP.  His walk and K rates improved significantly, as he improved his fastball command.  He was clocked at least some of the time at 91-93, reaching 94, in relief, but more like 89-91 as a starter.  He finished especially strongly, going 4-1, 1.59 in August, with four walks and 31 Ks in 34 innings.

2014
A+:  8-9-0, 3.93 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 148.2 IP, 1.3 BB/9, 6.1 K/9

Creasy spent the season in the Bradenton rotation.  He had a solid, rather than good, season, walking very few batters but also not striking out many and allowing opponents to bat .284 against him.  He also allowed an opponents’ slugging average of .429 in a league where the average was .371, although some of that resulted from McKechnie Field, which is the league’s best hitters park.  Creasy had an especially rough stretch from mid-July to mid-August, when he had a 6.55 ERA over seven starts.  He had trouble with right-handed batters, who posted an OPS of .800 against him.  He was not a groundball pitcher.

Creasy is now eligible for the Rule 5 draft.  His 2014 season didn’t leave the Pirates with an easy decision.  He showed the ability to be an innings-eater in the majors — even in his rough stretch late in the year he went at least six innings in all but one start — but he doesn’t have a high ceiling.  As it turned out, they did not add him to the roster.  If he’s still with the Pirates, he should be in the Altoona rotation in 2015.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
HS
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2011 7-1-? 49.0   70 1.43
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015:  Minor league contract.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus:  $250,000
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible:  Eligible
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2011: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 8th round, 242nd overall pick; signed on July 13.