NICK HIBBING, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: August 15, 1992
Drafted: 16th Round, 487th Overall, 2015
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Iowa
|Hibbing is a tall, right-handed relief pitcher from the University of Iowa. He had strong stats as a senior, posting a 1.57 ERA and a 5:47 BB:K ratio in 51.2 innings. In 2014, he had a 4.74 ERA in 43.2 innings and issued 15 walks, which isn’t bad, but nowhere near his 2015 control numbers. The Pirates drafted him four years earlier as a prep player. At the time, he threw 88-91 mph, with a curve and slider. Scouts then considered him a candidate for the top ten rounds, until he missed a start with a tender ulnar nerve in his forearm. He signed soon after the draft.
Hibbing pitched out of the Morgantown bullpen. He put up strong numbers despite a low K rate, helped by good control and a slightly low .275 BABIP. He had a reverse platoon split, holding left-handed hitters so a .576 OPS while right-handed hitters posted a .744 figure. He was more of a flyball than a groundball pitcher.
Hibbing has the physique that the Pirates like in starting pitchers, so it’ll be interesting to see whether they try him in that role. He’ll probably be at West Virginia in 2016.
|2016: Minor League Contract|
MiLB Debut: 2015
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2018
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 8, 2011: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 42nd round, 1262nd overall pick.
June 10, 2015: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 16th round, 487th overall pick; signed on June 18.