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 should be a good candidate to move up to Bradenton in 2015.

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.