ALEX McRAE
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: April 6, 1993
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 10th Round, 311th Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: Jacksonville University
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

McRae throws a four pitch mix.  His fastball sits at 89-93, although scouts think that, given his build, he could still add more velocity.  Among his other pitchers, his slider is the closest to an out pitch.  Jacksonville thought enough of McRae that he was a regular member of the rotation starting as a freshman, but he never put up good numbers.  Even in his freshman year, when his ERA was good, his BB/K ratio was poor.  In his junior year he finally put up solid BB and K numbers, but he got hit hard.  Baseball America did not rank him among its top 500 draft prospects, but did rank him 69th on their list of Florida’s top 98 prospects.  McRae signed quickly.  His bonus of $125,000 was $12,600 below the slot amount.

2014
A-:  3-6-0, 6.21 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 66.2 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 5.9 K/9

McRae had a rough debut.  He started off fairly well in June and July, but got hammered for a 1.034 OPS in August and had his worst start of all in the season’s last game on September 1.  Overall, opponents hit 306/351/475 against him.  The trouble came from left-handed hitters, who pounded him to the tune of 377/434/608.  Right-handed hitters hit 243/276/358.

The Pirates stuck with McRae all year.  In fact, he led Jamestown in starts, so they’ll probably stick with him in 2015 and put him in the West Virginia rotation.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

NCAA
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2014 5-7-1 16 15 87.2 102 4 32 69 .300 6.06
2013 3-8-1 16 14 84.0 92 4 28 39 .280 4.71
2012 4-7-1 16 14 86.2 98 5 27 42 .288 3.43
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 6, 2014: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round, 311th overall pick; signed on June 11.