Ninth Round: Pirates Draft Chad Kuhl
The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted RHP Chad Kuhl in the ninth round of the MLB draft. Kuhl is a sinkerball pitcher who throws an average curve and changeup. That’s not a big surprise since we know the Pirates favor sinkerball pitchers. He was rated 365th overall by Baseball America.
Kuhl throws his fastball in the 90-93 MPH range, and mixes in a low 80s curve and an 82-84 MPH changeup. The Delaware pitcher had a 3.75 ERA in 105.2 innings this year, with a 76:31 K/BB ratio. Last year he had a 4.42 ERA in 77.1 innings, with a 64:36 K/BB ratio.
Kuhl is 6′ 3″ and 215 pounds. That combined with the sinker and the low-90s velocity is pretty much a common recipe for Pirates draft picks.