AUSTIN COLEY
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: July 14, 1992
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 8th Round, 251st Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: Belmont University
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Coley throws a 92-93 mph fastball, a change that serves as his out pitch, and a curve that needs work.  He had mono before the 2014 season and it affected his velocity, but that was back up to the low-90s by the end of the season.  The illness may also have affected his control, which was good during his first two seasons but slipped quite a bit in his junior year.  He’s had good K rates.  Baseball America did not rank Coley among its top 500 draft prospects, but did rank him 15th among the top 40 prospects in Tennessee.  The Mets selected Coley as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2013, but he did not sign.  He signed with the Pirates shortly after the draft for a bonus of $125,000, a little under the slot value of $153,900.

2014
A-:  0-2-0, 5.23 ERA, 1.79 WHIP, 20.2 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 7.8 K/9

Coley opened in the rotation at Jamestown, but went out with a shoulder strain after two starts.  He gave up six runs in an inning and two-thirds in his first one, which inflated his numbers some.  He returned at the end of July, but didn’t pitch all that well the rest of the way, with opponents hitting .308 against him.  He had a big platoon split, with left-handed batters posting a .943 OPS against him, versus .779 by right-handed batters.

It’s hard to tell how much Coley’s health affected his brief debut.  He should move up to West Virginia in 2015.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

NCAA
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2014 5-1-0 15 15 82.2 67 4 42 85 1.32 .218 2.72
2013 6-0-0 10 10 57.0 49 1 14 65 1.11 .232 3.32
2012 2-0-1 26 1 45.0 35 1 11 35 1.02 .220 2.40
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 8, 2013: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 27th round, 806th overall pick.
June 6, 2014:
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 8th round, 251st overall pick; signed on June 12.