Tenth Round: Pirates Draft Right-Handed Pitcher Logan Sendelbach

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right-handed pitcher Logan Sendelbach from Tiffin University in the tenth round. He’s 6′ 3″, 190 pounds, and has been a starter all three years he has been at Tiffin. He posted a 2.84 ERA in 57 innings this year, with a 50:29 K/BB ratio. His control was bad as a freshman, improved as a sophomore, and he saw the walks increase again this year.

Sendelbach can get his fastball up to 92 MPH, and has a tall, projectable frame. He was a wide receiver in high school, leading the Midland Athletic League in 2011 with 60 receptions for 857 yards and eight touchdowns. He was also the Offensive Player of the Year as a junior in high school, and the Defensive Player of the Year when he was a position player as a senior, so he’s been athletic enough to stand out in two sports, although he switched to pitching full-time in college.

This seems like a standard Pirates’ pick, taking a guy with a projectable frame, loose arm action, and the ability to already hit the low 90s. Typically with these guys they will work on adding strength, and hoping that this translates to higher velocity. This has worked in a lot of cases, and I’m guessing Sendelbach will be the next guy going through the program.

The Pirates drafted eight college players with their eight picks on day two, including six pitchers and five right-handers. It looks like they’re filling out the Morgantown roster, which makes sense, as most of the guys in extended Spring Training right now project to go to either Bristol or the GCL.

Logan Sendelbach’s Player Page

  • Thanks tim and all the other writers at pp, not only for this article but all the other draft coverage. I’m sure you guys are putting in a lot of time and effort on this, but hey that’s what we pay you for. I’m just glad that we (the pp subscribers) drafted an all-star.

  • I understand the process and I am sure that they are picking players that are valuable but this draft does not excite me at all. I would like to see the pirates draft some prep players with huge potential upsides and not play it safe with college bats and arms. This looks just like you said, they are filling out rosters spots Morgantown.

    • Darkstone42
      June 9, 2015 7:31 pm

      Failure to sign a top-ten-round pick loses that bonus pool money. There was a lot of speculation among Mayo and Callis that most teams were going to take the risky-signs tomorrow, like Hooper and Everett. It’s really important to sign your top ten round picks in the new system.

    • watch tomorrow… you should see many HS kids then… the trick will be signing them… especially Hooper…if he falls to us

      • All the Hooper comments pretty much seal the deal that the kid never makes it out of AA for his career.

    • Darkstone42
      June 9, 2015 7:38 pm

      Besides that, these guys aren’t throwaway picks. There’s projection to them, and they have the tools the Pirates like and have had success developing to this point. They don’t have the upside of a guy like Hooper, but they have things to build on to make them Major Leaguers some day.

    • It’s not really an exciting draft, so…sorry about that. You get lemons, you make lemonade

  • This is a bad year for HS arms,their really wasn’t a ton unless u took one early worth it

  • Darkstone42
    June 9, 2015 6:40 pm

    Kind of looks like, on the pitching side, they went with projectable college arms. Perhaps they’re looking to employ their usual HS arm strategy on Day 2, get these guys under contract under slot, and max out the money for the big name HS guys on day 3.

    I kind of expect a big play for a guy like Hooper or Everett tomorrow, or some other probably-expensive, hard-throwing, tall and thin HS pitchers or tall, big-raw-power HS bats.