ERIC KARCH
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: October 15, 1991
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 22nd Round, 671st Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: Pepperdine University
Agent: N/A

Karch had a reverse platoon split, allowing a .788 OPS to right-handed hitters and .568 to left-handed hitters.

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

The Pirates drafted Karch as a senior out of Pepperdine on day three of the 2014 draft.  They seemed to be stocking up on seniors and right-handed pitchers, so he fit perfectly.  He is a reliever who was moved to the closer role as a senior and had his best season, posting a low ERA and proving tough to hit.  One report had him throwing his fastball in the low-90’s, with a good change-up.  As a senior, he signed quickly.

2014
A-:  2-3-3, 3.22 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 22.1 IP, 3.6 BB/9, 6.4 K/9

Karch pitched decently out of the Jamestown bullpen, with a low K rate for a short reliever.  He was a different pitcher in July than before and after:

IP
H
BB
K
July 9.1 4 5 10
Rest of Season 13.0 18 4 6

Karch had a reverse platoon split, allowing a .788 OPS to right-handed hitters and .568 to left-handed hitters.

Most likely, Karch will be at 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
 2011  4-4-2  23  2  29.1  34  1  17  29  1.74  .288  3.38
 2012  3-3-1  26  1  45.1  36  1  14  31  1.10  .232  2.58
 2013  5-5-0  28  2  46.2  42  1  18  31  1.19  .255  3.47
 2014  4-1-15  28  0  32  19  1  11  22  0.94  .171  1.69
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
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 7, 2014: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 22nd round, 671st overall pick; signed on June 14.