Montana DuRapau

Born: March 27, 1992
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 32nd Round, 971st Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: Bethune-Cookman University
Agent: N/A


DuRapau is a small righty who put up outstanding numbers his last two years at Bethune-Cookman.  He doesn’t overpower anybody, but instead relies on locating and mixing his pitches.  In college, he threw four pitches, including a fastball that sat at about 90-91 and edged a little higher.  Pitching as a reliever for the Pirates, he’s relied heavily on a cutter.  He tends to pitch up in the strike zone and is a flyball pitcher.  Baseball America did not rank him among either the top 500 draft prospects or the top 98 prospects in Florida.  As a senior DuRapau signed quickly.

A-:  3-2-1, 2.21 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 61.0 IP, 1.2 BB/9, 8.4 K/9

DuRapau pitched mostly in the rotation at Jamestown and was the team’s best starter, along with Tyler Eppler.  He had excellent control and a surprisingly good K rate, especially at the end of the season when he fanned 33 in his last 29 innings.  He had a big platoon split, allowing right-handed batters only a .527 OPS compared to .742 for left-handed batters.

A:  1-0-1, 1.40 ERA, 0.41 WHIP, 19.1 IP, 0.5 BB/9, 8.8 K/9
A+:  4-1-13, 1.40 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, 51.1 IP, 1.4 BB/9, 8.2 K/9
AA:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 1.1 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 20.2 K/9

DuRapau had a remarkable season, starting in low A and finishing in AA.  He pitched very well for a month and a half at West Virginia before the Pirates promoted him to Bradenton, where he served as the closer until he got another promotion close to season’s end.  He had good but not great (for a short reliever) K rates, but gave up almost impossibly few hits and walks.  He held hitters to a 117/159/180 line, helped by a .145 BABIP that is extremely unlikely to happen again.  Left-handed batters had even more trouble with him than right-handed batters, with a line of 096/133/138.

AA:  3-3-22, 3.65 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 49.1 IP, 3.5 BB/9, 9.3 K/9

DuRapau was the closer for Altoona.  He had a weak month of April, then pitched very well until late in the year, when he struggled in August and in one terrible September outing.  His monthly opponents’ OPS was:

April:  .851
May:  .444
June:  .629
July:  .557
Aug/Sept:  .896

He was an extreme flyball pitcher and had some trouble with gopher balls, allowing six.  He had only a mild platoon split.

Pitchers who come up through the minors entirely as relievers should always be viewed skeptically.  DuRapau had a great 2015 season and several very good months in 2016, but it’s not clear his stuff will play any higher.  The Pirates will send him back to Altoona in 2017.

2017: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus: N/A
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
June 7, 2014: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 32nd round, 971st overall pick; signed on June 12.

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