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 baseball 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.

2014
R:  0-0-0, 3.38 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 8.0 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 7.9 K/9

Hinsz signed late enough that he got into only three games.  He pitched reasonably well considering the layoff, especially in his last game, when he allowed one run and fanned five in four innings.

The Pirates generally move their big-bonus prep pitchers to the NYPL for their first full seasons.  In the past, though, they didn’t have the option of sending players to advanced rookie ball at Bristol.  Because of that and because Hinsz has less experience than many prep draftees, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him go to Bristol rather than Morgantown.

STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $580,000
MiLB Debut: 2014
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.