MITCHELL TOLMAN, SECOND BASEMAN
|Born: June 8, 1994
Drafted: 7th Round, 217th Overall, 2015
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Oregon
|Baseball America called Tolman the most consistent hitter on Oregon’s team for three straight seasons. He was a third baseman who was expected to be able to stay at the position, but the Pirates have moved him to second. He has a strong arm and solid glove. Tolman batted .325/.457/.468 as a junior and improved his BB/SO ratio, posting a 44:40 mark after a 31:54 ratio as a sophomore. He hit 20 doubles in 2015, but he doesn’t have a lot of over the fence power. His speed is average at best. Baseball America had him ranked 463rd on their top 500 list. Tolman signed shortly after the draft.
Tolman was the starting third baseman for Morgantown until Ke’Bryan Hayes arrived, and then he moved to second. After a slow start, Tolman came on strongly, as his monthly OPS shows:
June (9 games): .542
Tolman struggled with LHPs, posting a .554 OPS against them and .889 against RHPs.
With Hayes also there, Tolman played second for West Virginia. He played extremely well on defense, showing very good range and committing only nine errors, a low total given the realities of the low minors. He had a solid, but not quite good, season at the plate. His strength was drawing walks, which is common for college hitters playing in low A; it’s not a skill that always translates to higher levels. Tolman’s hitting didn’t vary a great deal throughout the year. He had one very good month (June — .902 OPS) and one bad one (July — .600 OPS). He had only a minimal platoon split.
Ideally, Tolman would have moved up to Bradenton at some point in 2016, but he had Kevin Kramer ahead of him (and Kramer in turn had Erich Weiss ahead of him, with Alen Hanson ahead of Weiss). Tolman had a solid season and was especially impressive on defense, but low A performance doesn’t mean a lot with draftees out of major colleges. Tolman will be the starting second baseman at Bradenton in 2017.
|2017: Minor League Contract
|Signing Bonus: $150,000
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 7th round, 217th overall pick; signed on June 18.|