LOGAN SENDELBACH, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: May 5, 1994
Drafted: 10th Round, 307th Overall, 2015
How Acquired: Draft
College: Tiffin (OH) University
|The Pirates drafted Sendelbach out of Division II Tiffin University, where he had a 2.84 ERA and 50 strikeouts over 57 innings as a junior. Those stats were similar to the numbers he put up as a sophomore, when he had a 2.92 ERA in 64.2 innings, though he saw an improvement in his strikeout rate this season. He can get his fastball up to 92 MPH with loose arm action and a projectable frame. Sendelbach is an athletic player, who was an Offensive Player of the Year in football as a high school junior and Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He was not rated among Baseball America’s top 500 draft prospects. He signed shortly after the draft.
The Pirates sent Sendelbach to Bristol, where he made ten starts and one relief appearance. He struggled badly through the end of July, with an ERA of 9.50 and a WHIP of 2.11. In August, though, his ERA was 2.16 and his WHIP 0.92. He didn’t miss a lot of bats overall.
Sendelbach spent the season in the West Virginia rotation. He continued much like he had late in the previous season, throwing strikes, not allowing a lot of baserunners, but not dominating. He had a reverse platoon split, with a .593 opponents’ OPS against left-handed hitters and .735 against right-handed hitters, and he was mainly a flyball pitcher.
Sendelbach had a better season than eighth-round pick Bret Helton, who’s a similar type of pitcher. He should be in the Bradenton rotation in 2017.
|2017: Minor League Contract
|Signing Bonus: $100,000
MiLB Debut: 2015
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2018
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 9, 2015: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round, 307th overall pick; signed on June 18.|