Left-handed Pitcher Tom Harlan spent the first year and a half of his minor league career as a reliever, and was extremely efficient. At Low A West Virginia in 2013, Harlan had a 2.27 ERA in 74 innings to go along with an impressive 74/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 2014, 24-year-old Harlan continued his success out of the bullpen in High A Bradenton, posting a 2.49 ERA with a 41/9 k/bb rate in 50.2 innings pitched. This success caused the Pirates to aggressively move him up to Double-A Altoona.

Harlan’s role changed in Altoona where he made 10 starts. As a starter, Harlan was able to hold his own. In 60.2 innings pitched, he had a 3.71 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP, although he was only able to strike out 26 batters while walking 17.

It’s been a challenging adjustment period for Harlan. Not ...

To celebrate the upcoming MLB draft, we’re offering a big subscription discount of 18% off from now through the draft , so that you can follow all of our updates and coverage.To get the discount, use the code MLBDRAFT for an Annual subscription, or MLBDRAFT3 for a Top Prospect Plan.

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.