CHAD KUHL
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: September 10, 1992
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 215
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 9th Round, 269th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Delaware
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Kuhl relies mainly on a low-90s sinker, which he uses to get groundballs.  He also throws a curve and a change, but his secondary pitches are fringy.  Baseball America ranked him the best prospect in the 2012 Valley League and the 365th best in the draft.  His ceiling is probably 5th starter or long reliever, and he may see improvement with a good infield, which he didn’t have at Delaware.  He signed right after the draft for the slot amount.

2013
A-:  3-4-0, 2.11 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 55.1 IP, 1.0 BB/9, 5.4 K/9

The Pirates put Kuhl in the Jamestown rotation and he had a good debut.  He walked very few, although he also struck out very few.  Most importantly, he didn’t allow a single HR, in spite of the fact that he didn’t have a high groundball rate.  He had no real platoon split.  According to Baseball America, his fastball reached 95-96.

The Pirates appear to be impressed with Kuhl and moved him up to Bradenton for 2014.  His success may depend on whether he can start missing a few more bats.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

College
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2013 10-2-0 15 15 105.2 107 9 31 76 1.31 .268 3.75
2012 5-5-1 15 13 77.1 86 5 36 64 1.58 .281 4.42
2011 1-4-0 12 9 49.1 58 4 29 46 1.76 .304 6.39
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $145,200
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2016
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2013: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 9th round, 269th overall pick; signed on June 12.