ALBERT BAUR, FIRST BASE
|Born: March 22, 1992
Height: 6′ 4″
Drafted: 28th Round, 847th Overall, 2015
How Acquired: Draft
College: Newberry College
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates drafted Baur as a fifth year senior; he red shirted in 2011. Baur crushed the ball in 2015, with a 427/510/796 line and 16 homers in 206 at-bats, although these numbers come with the big disclaimer that he played in a small conference. The home run total was more than he had in the first three years, so he made significant improvement. He’s the son of a former Phillies minor leaguer of the same name, who pitched for two years. Baur signed shortly after the draft.
Baur was the regular first baseman for Morgantown. Oddly, he hit well against LHPs, with an .851 OPS, but struggled badly against RHPs, with a .587 OPS. Overall, he hit for a solid average with weak plate discipline and limited power.
The Pirates sent Baur back to Morgantown for a second season, which he spent as the team’s regular first baseman. He showed considerably more power and patience at the plate. He did much of his damage late in the season, with an OPS nearly 200 points higher in August and September than in June and July. He had a small platoon split.
Baur opened the season as the first baseman for West Virginia, but got hurt a few days into the season and missed a month. Once he returned he remained the regular. Baur had a good year, showing a little more power than previously, but he played the year at age 25, which is very old for the level. He also didn’t hit with the over-the-fence power teams want in players who are limited to first base. He had no meaningful platoon split.
Baur had a solid season for Bradenton. His numbers fell off a little from the previous year, but the difference in leagues, with the Florida State League being an extreme pitchers league, probably accounted for that. He had a career high in home runs. Of course, he did this at age 26 in class A. Baur played first in a little over half the team’s games and appeared as DH the rest of the time.
The Pirates will probably move Baur up to Altoona in 2019. The question, of course, is how much playing time they want to commit to a player who’s far too old to be a prospect.
|2019: Minor League Contract
|Signing Bonus: N/A
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 10, 2015: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 28th round, 847th overall pick; signed on June 18.|