PAT LUDWIG
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: October 11, 1989
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 10th Round, 316th Overall, 2012
How Acquired: Draft
College: Yale University
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Ludwig is a Yale senior who improved significantly in his last year.  Baseball America didn’t rate him among its top 500 draft prospects and didn’t include him in its regional writeup.  He throws the standard four pitches, hitting 94 with his fastball, and had solid K rates in college.  The Pirates signed him for $5,000, considerably less than the slot amount of $125,000.

2012
A-:  3-1-1, 1.05 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 25.2 IP, 1.1 BB/9, 7.4 K/9
A:  0-1-0, 3.60 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 5.0 IP, 1.8 BB/9, 10.8 K/9

Ludwig pitched most of the summer out of the State College bullpen and did very well, allowing very few baserunners and just a .196 opponents’ average.  He moved up to West Virginia for four games and continued to pitch well.

2013
A:  6-0-1, 3.12 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 49.0 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 8.1 K/9
A+:  2-2-0, 3.90 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 55.1 IP, 2.3 BB/9, 6.7 K/9

Ludwig spent the first half of the season in the West Virginia bullpen, then moved up to Bradenton, where he pitched mostly out of the rotation.  He generally pitched well at both stops.  On the season, he didn’t have much of a platoon split, as left-handed hitters posted an OPS of .686 against him, compared to .643 by right-handed hitters.

2014
A+:  3-3-2, 3.84 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 68.0 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 6.8 K/9
AA:  3-4-0, 5.62 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, 40.0 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 5.4 K/9

The Pirates sent Ludwig back to Bradenton and he continued in the swing role.  He made two trips up to Altoona, one in late June and one at the end of July, when the Curve needed a starter.  Ludwig pitched respectably in high A but struggled in AA, where opponents batted .331 against him.  He had trouble with right-handed hitters, who batted 311/369/498 against him on the year.

Ludwig may have hit a wall in AA, but could get a chance there again in 2015.  He’s eligible for the Rule 5 draft, but isn’t a candidate to be added to the roster.

STATS
Baseball-Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
NCAA
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2009 1-1-0 12 2 28.0 38 7 14 24 1.86 7.07
2010 3-6-0 10 9 47.2 59 5 17 46 1.59 .311 5.29
2011 4-3-0 8 8 47.2 55 2 17 49 1.51 5.10
2012 1-5-0 9 9 62.2 60 2 23 64 1.32 2,73
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $5,000
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 5, 2012: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round, 316th overall pick; signed on June 13.