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, although it sits more in the low-90s.

2014
A+:  13-5-0, 3.46 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 153.1 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 5.9 K/9

The Pirates appear to be impressed with Kuhl and moved him up to Bradenton for 2014.  He stayed in the rotation all season and tied for the league lead in wins.  He had a strong groundball tendency and was consistent throughout the year, except that for some reason he allowed five of his nine gopher balls on the season in May, which led to his highest monthly ERA of 4.79.  His second highest was 3.31.  Kuhl had only a very small platoon split.  His control faltered a little late in the year — he had a K/9 of 1.7 in April through June and 3.5 in July and August — so he may have tired a little.  Obviously, his K rate remained very low.

Kuhl should get a chance to test his high-groundball, low-K approach in the Altoona rotation in 2015.  He’s made good progress — he won’t even be eligible for the Rule 5 draft for two more years — and he’s already gotten up to a good innings total.  At this point, he has the potential to be a back-of-the-rotation starter in the majors.

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
2015: 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.