TYLER EPPLER
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: January 5, 1993
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 220
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 6th Round, 191st Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: Sam Houston State
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Eppler is a tall pitcher with a four-pitch mix.  According to Baseball America, his fastball has average velocity, reaching 92-93 but sitting at 89-91 and lacking life.  Other sources have his fastball reaching 95.  He throws a slider, curve and change, but none is a plus pitch, with the result that he’s had low K rates.  His control is average.  BA rated Eppler the 256th best prospect in the draft.  Eppler signed quickly after the draft for $200,000, which was $17,900 below the slot amount.

2014
3-2-0, 2.49 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 68.2 IP, 1.4 BB/9, 6.4 K/9

Eppler had a good debut at Jamestown, holding opponents to a 213/246/346 line, albeit with a low K rate.  He was especially strong in August, when he went 3-0, 0.62, with a WHIP of 0.69.  He had a modest platoon split, holding right-handed batters to an OPS of .547, while left-handed batters managed .648.  He was mostly a flyball pitcher.

Eppler was slated to move up to Bradenton in 2015, but he was derailed by elbow soreness during spring training.  The Pirates hope he’ll be able to pitch at some point in the season’s first half.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

NCAA
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2014 9-6-0 16 16 109.2 105 3 30 67 1.23 .256 3.20
2013 5-2-0 17 13 68.2 65 3 30 44 1.38 .249 3.41
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $200,000
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 6, 2014: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 6th round, 191st overall pick; signed on June 11.