JOHN KUCHNO
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
  Born: May 21, 1991
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 17th Round, 556th Overall, 2012
How Acquired: Draft
College: Ohio State
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Kuchno is a red shirt sophomore from Ohio State.  He joined the Buckeyes after starting his career as a walk-on at Wake Forest.  Prior to that he only played one year of high school baseball.  He throws anywhere from 87-95 MPH, touching the upper end of that range in relief.  He also has a power curveball, and both pitches have the potential to be plus offerings.  Kuchno had a 4.38 ERA in 74 innings in 2012, with a 59:30 K/BB ratio.  He profiles more as a reliever.  He signed on deadline day for a little over slot.

2012
A-:  0-1-0, 9.00 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 5.0 IP, 5.4 BB/9, 10.8 K/9

Kuchno wasn’t able to pitch until late August.  He got into four games and allowed no hits or runs in three of them.  He got torched for five earned runs in the other game.  He showed some ability to miss bats in an extremely small sample size.

2013
A:  9-5-0, 4.01 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 123.1 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 6.5 K/9

Kuchno spent the season in the West Virginia rotation, except for two relief appearances.  He struggled early in the season, but improved steadily.  In fact, his opponents’ OPS dropped each month, starting in April:

.845
.766
.765
.684
.593

His ERA was 5.02 in the first three months and 2.84 in the last two.  His ratio of ground outs to air outs was over 2-1 and he had no platoon split.  His K rate remained low throughout the season.

For a later round pick, Kuchno appears to have more than the usual ability to develop into a prospect.  He’ll move up to the Bradenton rotation in 2014.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
NCAA
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2011 1-4-0 10 7 31.0 37 4 20 18 1.84 .308 6.68
2012 8-4-0 17 10 74.0 89 2 30 59 1.61 .293 4.38
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2015
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 6, 2012: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round, 556th overall pick; signed on July 13.