LUIS PAULA
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: June 22, 1993
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 205
Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Drafted: 31st Round, 941st Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of North Carolina
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Paula has seen very limited time on the mound during his three seasons at North Carolina, making him hard to scout, and he struggled badly as a sophomore.  He is a tall right-handed pitcher, so he fits the Pirates’ mold.  Paula pitched well in Summer League ball after his freshman season, but didn’t fare as well in the Cape Cod League after his sophomore year.  He showed some improvements in his junior year and he has had a strong strikeout rate. Coming out of high school, he touched low 90′s with his fastball and had an advanced feel for his slider.  He has touched 95 MPH in college and sits at 88-91, but that hasn’t translated to any success yet.  Baseball America did rank him 21st on its list of the top 57 draft prospects in North Carolina, although he wasn’t in their overall top 500.  Despite having a year of eligibility left, Paula signed quickly.

2014
R+:  2-2-3, 1.37 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 26.1 IP, 2.7 BB/9, 7.5 K/9

Paula pitched out of the bullpen at Bristol and did well.  He was slightly tougher on left-handed batters than right-handed batters.

Paula could go to West Virginia or Morgantown in 2015.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

NCAA
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
 2012  0-1-0  13  2  19.2  25  3  11  21  1.83  .313  5.95
 2013  0-0-1  9  0  7.1  5  0  10  6  2.05  .192  8.59
 2014  1-3-0  8  5  21.1  22  1  14  23  1.69  .262  3.80
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 31st round, 941st overall pick; signed on June 12.