Pirates Release 2012 Third Round Pick Jonathan Sandfort

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released 2012 third round draft pick Jonathan Sandfort. The 6’6″ right-hander is just 20 years old, but in three seasons of pro ball, he has taken a step back from his original scouting reports from high school and this Spring Training, he left camp early in the process due to personal reasons.

Sandfort’s original draft report had him touching 94 MPH with his fastball, which along with his workhorse frame, helped get him a $462,900 bonus for signing. Once he got in the Pirates’ system though, his numbers were lower, topping out at 92 MPH in his second year. Last year for Bristol, the scouting reports had him in the high-80’s, with a lack of secondary stuff. The results last year were awful, which included a .401 BAA. In 88.2 total minor league innings, he had a 7.41 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    April 16, 2015 5:33 pm

    Wow, to cut a guy that young who got that big a signing bonus is quite a statement. Obviously,either someone did not scout this kid very well or he has other issues that has resulted in this downfall. I feel bad for him – just 20. I would think someone may take a chance on him….

  • We all forget these players are just young adults. I personally knew dozens of can’t miss prospects in my lifetime who made a year or two in the minor’s and are now teaching schools, selling used cars or working in a coal mine. A lot goes into the process other then talent.

  • Maybe he can try hitting, it worked for ankiel and others?

    • Will have to be somewhere else. I’d say if the Pirates thought he had offensive potential, they would probably approach him about it. Doesn’t mean they didn’t try it and he just said no. Not all pitchers are good athletes. It is disappointing, but not unexpected the way he was heading

      • Did not mean for the pirates, I meant it depends on whether or not sandfort wants to play ball bad enough to go in a different direction, talent and willpower permiting of course.

  • Zachary Asman
    April 16, 2015 12:38 pm

    Damn. I remember you wrote this very glowing report on him two years ago: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=jon%20sandfordt%20pirates%20prospect

    Not that I’m accusing you of whiffing on him, but just upsetting when prospects fail. Had really high hopes on him after reading that report.

    Oh well. Such is life with projectable, raw high school pitchers.

    • He was 18 back then and scouts loved his upside, but it was strictly potential. There is a lot to like about a 6’6″ pitcher with a big frame that throws in the 90’s. The recent reports from Bristol however were a lot worse to the point he didn’t even make our top 50 list and wasn’t even strongly considered. Things did not get any better over the off-season either and that’s how a 20 year old gets released less than three years after he signs

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