BILLY ROTH
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: June 5, 1995
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 16th Round, 479th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Vista, CA
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Roth was drafted as a pitcher, but he also shows some promise with the bat.  His junior season on the mound was much better across the board than his senior year, in which he showed some command issues and got less work.  He has had his fastball up to 92 mph, sitting in the upper-80s most of the time.  He has a low-effort delivery and plenty of room to add muscle, so there is a good chance for more velocity as he gets older.  Roth throws a curve that is solid already and he also has a change that needs work.  On the offense side, he has above average raw power and his arm plays well in right field.  His future, though, is as a pitcher according to most scouts.  He had a commitment to Arizona, but the Pirates were able to reach agreement with him three weeks after the draft, for a slightly over-slot bonus.

2013
R:  0-1-0, 3.26 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 19.1 IP, 4.2 BB/9, 4.7 K/9

Roth had a brief, solid debut in the GCL.  He didn’t allow many hits, but he struck out only one more than he walked.

2014
R+:  0-6-0, 6.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 45.0 IP, 6.6 BB/9, 7.2 K/9

The Pirates often in the past moved HS pitchers up to the New York-Penn League for their first full season.  Now, though, they have an affiliate at advanced rookie Bristol, which is where they assigned Roth.  His first full season was a rough one, mainly due to control problems and gopher balls (he allowed seven).  He pitched mostly as a starter.

Roth seems to have at least decent stuff, but the control issues remained a constant through the 2014 season.  Unless he makes progress in fall instructionals and spring training, the Pirates could send him back to Bristol.

STATS
HS
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2013 3-2-0 9 9 37.2 26 2 30 47 1.49 .190 3.35
2012 9-1-0 12 11 68.1 42 1 27 67 1.01 .174 0.92
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $190,000
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 8, 2013: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 16th round, 479th overall pick; signed on June 29.