GAGE HINSZ
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: April 20, 1996
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 11th Round, 341st Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Billings West (MT)
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Hinsz was the Pirates’ first pick on the third day of the 2014 draft, in the 11th round.  A 6’4″ right-handed high school pitcher, he fits the Pirates mold of tall, projectable righties.  He’s from Montana, a state not known for producing talent, and his high school didn’t even have a team.  He pitched in British Columbia and then played American Legion ball in May this year.  Baseball America rated him 188th overall in this draft class due in part to a fastball that sat 90-93 MPH in the summer.  Hinsz has an easy delivery and throws on a downhill plane from a three-quarters arm slot.  Both of his secondary pitches need work, but he is considered to have a lot of projection left due to inexperience and room to fill out, which should allow him to remain a starter in the pros.  He is a strike-thrower with significant upside.  He had a commitment to Oregon State and it didn’t look like the Pirates would have enough bonus pool money available to sign him, but he agreed to terms a month after the draft for a bonus that amounted to nearly every dollar the Pirates had left.
STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $580,000
MiLB Debut:
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2018
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2014: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th round, 341st overall pick; signed on July 6.