JOSH WALL
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: January 21, 1987
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 215
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd Round, 74th overall, 2005 (Dodgers)
How Acquired: Waiver claim (from Angels)
High School: Central Private (LA) HS
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Wall is a tall, lanky pitcher who’s always had trouble maintaining consistent mechanics and velocity.  At times he’s thrown in the mid- or even upper-90s, but his fastball also at times has dropped into the upper-80s.  In his major league appearances he’s thrown only in the low-90s.  He originally threw a curve, but since moving to the bullpen he’s thrown a slider.  He’s never had an effective change and has had problems with left-handed hitters.  In over nine pro seasons, he’s never had a better than mediocre season.  Instead, teams seem to have maintained interest in him based on projectability.  The Pirates claimed Wall off waivers from the Angels.

2005
R:  1-3-0, 3.86 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 14.0 IP, 5.1 BB/9, 3.2 K/9

Wall didn’t pitch very well in a brief debut in the GCL, with more walks than strikeouts.

2006
R+:  3-5-0, 5.86 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 66.0 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 5.6 K/9

The Dodgers moved Wall up to advanced rookie ball and he mostly struggled through 14 starts.  According to Baseball America, his stuff took a significant step backward, with his fastball dropping to the upper-80s.  BA still rated him the 29th best prospect in the Dodgers’ system.

2007
A:  6-10-1, 4.18 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 129.1 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 7.2 K/9

Wall improved in low A, although he still didn’t pitch especially well.  His fastball rebounded to sit at 92-93.

2008
A+:  9-6-0, 6.28 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 129.0 IP, 4.4 BB/9, 7.0 K/9

Wall put up some ugly numbers in the hitting-happy California League.  His home park, Inland Empire, isn’t one of the big hitters parks in that league, but that’s just relative to the league.

2009
A+:  5-8-0, 5.98 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 111.1 IP, 4.1 BB/9, 6.2 K/9

The Dodgers returned Wall to high A and he didn’t show any real improvement.

2010
A:  9-7-0, 4.24 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 153.0 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 8.9 K/9

The Dodgers sent Wall back down to low A, where he had about the same season as he’d had way back in 2007.

2011
AA:  4-5-1, 3.93 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 68.2 IP, 3.5 BB/9, 7.5 K/9

The Dodgers moved Wall to the bullpen and jumped him up to AA.  He managed a decent ERA, but his other numbers weren’t that good.  According to BA, his fastball as a reliever sat at 95-98 and he threw an 87-90 mph slider.  Left-handed hitters, though, raked him for a .915 OPS.  The performance was enough to get Wall added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster and back onto their BA top 30 after a two-year absence.

2012
AAA:  2-1-28, 4.53 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 53.2 IP, 3.4 BB/9, 8.7 K/9
MLB:  1-0-0, 4.76 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 5.2 IP, 1.6 BB/9, 6.4 K/9

Wall served as the closer in AAA.  This time his peripheral numbers were a little better than his ERA.  The Dodgers brought Wall up several times late in the season and he got into seven games.  He allowed only five base runners in 5.2 IP, but three of them scored.

2013
AAA (LAD):  1-2-3, 5.60 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 27.1 IP, 5.3 BB/9, 8.2 K/9
AAA (Mia):  1-1-1, 3.27 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 22.0 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 8.2 K/9
MLB (LAD):  0-1-0, 18.00 ERA, 3.29 WHIP, 7.0 IP, 7.7 BB/9, 9.0 K/9

Wall opened 2013 in AAA, but got called up in mid-April.  He struggled for two weeks, then got sent back down.  He didn’t pitch well in AAA, partly due to increased control problems.  The Dodgers included him in a July trade with the Marlins for Ricky Nolasco.  The Marlins put him on waivers after the season and the Angels claimed him.

2014
AAA (LAA):  0-0-1, 4.22 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 10.2 IP, 4.2 BB/9, 9.3 K/9
AAA (Pgh):  0-3-3, 2.91 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 34.0 IP, 3.7 BB/9, 9.3 K/9
MLB (LAA):  0-0-0, 54.00 ERA, 8.00 WHIP, 1.0 IP, 27.0 BB/9, 0.0 K/9

Wall again opened in AAA.  He got a two-game callup in mid-April that obviously didn’t go well.  The Angels put him on waivers in May and the Pirates claimed him.  Between injuries–including one to relief prospect Duke Welker–and struggles in the major league rotation, the team’s pitching depth was looking thin by the time they claimed Wall.  They may have seen him primarily as short-term bullpen depth.  The Pirates assigned him to Indianapolis after the waiver claim.  Two months later, they designated Wall for assignment when they claimed Angel Sanchez — with whom he’d been traded to Miami in 2013 — off waivers at the end of July.  Wall cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA.  Despite the lower ERA, he pitched about the same as he did with the Angels.  He had a large platoon split overall, allowing right-handed hitters an OPS of .696 and left-handed hitters .847.

Wall is eligible for minor league free agency.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Majors
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MLB.com
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Major League Minimum
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $480,000
MiLB Debut: 2005
MLB Debut: 7/22/2012
MiLB FA Eligible: Eligible
MLB FA Eligible: 2020
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 11/18/11
Options Remaining: 0 (USED:  2012, 2013, 2014)
MLB Service Time: 0.059
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2005: Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2nd round, 74th overall pick; signed on July 3.
November 18, 2011:
Contract purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
July 6, 2013: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with Angel Sanchez and Steve Ames to the Miami Marlins for Ricky Nolasco and cash.
October 4, 2013: Claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels from the Miami Marlins.
May 22, 2014: Claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Los Angeles Angels.
July 31, 2014: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates; outrighted to AAA on August 5.