TYLER GAFFNEY
CORNER OUTFIELDER
Born: April 20, 1991
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 225
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 24th Round, 736th Overall, 2012
How Acquired: Draft
College: Stanford University
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

A running back with Stanford’s football team, Gaffney has a muscular build but is more of a gap-to-gap hitter than a power hitter.  Since he profiles as a corner outfielder, that probably limits his projection to fourth outfielder.  He’s shown good patience at the plate.  For some reason, he had a terrible junior year.  I haven’t found any indication that he was hurt.  Baseball America rated him the #350 draft prospect anyway.  A little surprisingly, he signed at the beginning of July.

2012
A-:  297/483/441, 111 AB, 6 2B, 5 3B, 20 BB, 20 K, 11-16 SB

Gaffney batted leadoff for State College, playing right initially and then center after Barrett Barnes got hurt.  He got on base nearly half the time and hit for good gap power.  His OBP was supported by a high walk rate and 20 HBPs.  He missed the last two weeks with a shoulder problem.  If the amazing rate of getting hit by pitches continues, injuries could be an ongoing problem.

Typically, the Pirates send college draftees who aren’t early round picks to West Virginia for their first full seasons, but Gaffney did well enough that the Pirates may consider sending him to Bradenton.

STATS
Baseball–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
NCAA
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
2010 .328 .406 .470 198 13 3 3 15 30 2 2
2011 .323 .419 .469 192 9 5 3 29 31 7 2
2012 .246 .394 .345 171 9 1 2 27 26 7 3
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2013: Minor league contract.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
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 24th round, 736th overall pick; signed on July 2.