Beau Sulser

BEAU SULSER, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: May 5, 1994
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 10th Round, 298th Overall, 2017
How Acquired: Draft
College: Dartmouth
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PLAYER PROFILE

Sulser was taken in the tenth round as a college senior.  Taking college seniors toward the latter part of the first ten rounds has often been a pattern for the Pirates, particularly when they draft prep players who are likely to require above-slot bonuses in the early rounds.  They took five prep picks in the first six rounds in 2017 and, in fact, gave Sulser just a token bonus of $5000.  The slot amount was $134,200.  Sulser is a right-handed starter who was at Dartmouth for five seasons, missing the entire 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery the previous fall.  He was the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year in 2017, although he turned 23 in May, which is old for a draftee.  He made seven starts that season, posting a 1.40 ERA in 45 innings, with five walks, 52 strikeouts and a .201 BAA.  Sulser wasn’t in Baseball America’s top 500 draft prospects, but he did rank 12th in an average year for the New England area.  He throws an 88-92 mph fastball and has a good change.

2017
A-:  2-4-1, 5.31 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 40.2 IP, 1.5 BB/9, 7.3 K/9

Sulser served in a swing role at Morgantown.  He wasn’t especially effective in either role and his K rate dropped sharply as a starter.  He had a reverse platoon split.

Sulser could be at West Virginia or Morgantown in 2018.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2018: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $5,000
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2020
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 13, 2017: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round, 298th overall pick; signed on June 20.