CONNOR JOE
CORNER OUTFIELDER
Born: August 16,1992
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st Round, 39th Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of San Diego
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

The Pirates selected Connor Joe with the 39th overall pick and announced him as an outfielder.  He played first base during his first two seasons at the University of San Diego, before moving behind the plate during his junior year.  Joe also played right field and occasionally played first base this year.  As a catcher, he was described as very athletic, with good speed for the position and an average arm, but there were questions about whether he’d be able to stay there.  If he’s going to play outfield, then that gives him average speed and defense.  He has good strength, a quick bat and excellent plate patience, which led to a lot of doubles, plus more walks than strikeouts in 2014.  He projects to hit for average and at least doubles power.  He is obviously more valuable if he can stay behind the plate. Baseball America had him rated 102nd overall, which makes him a significant overdraft, especially if he ends up playing a corner outfield position.  Joe signed a week and a half after the draft for $1,250,000, which was $207,600 below the slot amount.

2014
INJURED

Joe suffered a back strain before he reported to Jamestown and spent the remainder of the summer rehabbing.

Because he was unable to play at all after signing, it’s hard to be sure where the Pirates will send Joe in 2015.  Ordinarily, an advanced college hitter would to to Bradenton for his first full season, but West Virginia might be a more reasonable alternative in Joe’s case, at least at first.

The other open question is what position he will play.  After the draft, the Pirates said Joe would play outfield or maybe first.  Later, though, they said they’d try him behind the plate.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

NCAA
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
 2012  .254  .395  .365  126  5  0  3  21  26  0  1
 2013  .319  .397  .470  232  14  0  7  26  33  3  6
 2014  .367  .462  .606  218  21  2  9  32  24  3  3
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $1,250,000
MiLB Debut:
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 5, 2014: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st round, 39th overall pick; signed on June 16.