Born: December 26, 1984
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st Round, 19th Overall, 2006
How Acquired: Minor League Contract
High School: Sand Springs HS (Sand Springs, OK)
Agent: Frontline


Sinkbeil was a first-round pick of the Marlins and has ranked as high as 68th on Baseball America’s list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, but he’s never done much as a pro to warrant the high expectations.   In college he threw in the low 90s with a good slider, and he was still sitting just over 90 with his fastball in 2010.  The Marlins released him at the end of spring training and the Pirates signed him to a minor league deal several weeks later.

A-:  2-0-0, 1.23 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 22 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 9.0 K/9
A:  1-1-0, 4.99 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 39.2 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 7.3 K/9 

Had a good debut in short season ball, then moved up to low A for eight more starts.  He didn’t pitch well there, although he had passable BB and K rates.

A+:  6-4-0, 3.42 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 79 IP, 1.6 BB/9, 5.6 K/9 

Missed about half of 2007 with elbow and back issues.  When he pitched in high A, he had mediocre peripherals apart from a low walk rate.  BA rated him the Marlins’ 2nd and 3rd best prospect prior to the 2007 and 2008 seasons, respectively.

AA:  5-9-0, 5.02 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 143.1 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 4.1 K/9 

Struggled in AA, as hitters batted .306 against him and his K rate was very low.

AAA:  2-8-0, 6.07 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, 83 IP, 4.8 BB/9, 5.6 K/9 

Continued to struggle in AAA and moved to the bullpen after eight starts.  The move reportedly increased his velocity to the mid-90s, but hitters hammered him for a .315 average and he had almost as many walks as Ks.

AAA:  3-3-0, 5.71 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 63 IP, 4.4 BB/9, 8.0 K/9
MLB:  0-0-0, 13.50 ERA, 3.50 WHIP, 2 IP, 22.5 BB/9, 4.5 K/9 

Pitching strictly in relief in AAA, Sinkbeil improved only slightly, still allowing a .296 opponents’ average.  He walked too many but almost doubled his K rate.  He got a brief callup to the majors and walked five in two innings.

A+:  2-6-0, 5.11 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 61.2 IP, 3.1 BB/9, 5.4 K/9
AA:  0-1-0, 4.03 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 22.1 IP, 0.8 BB/9, 9.3 K/9 

The Pirates sent Sinkbeil to Bradenton, where he divided his time between starting and relieving.  He wasn’t very effective, allowing too many hits and not fanning many.  The Pirates promoted him to Altoona late in the season when the Curve needed a pitcher.  They were probably reluctant to promote any of the Marauders’ real pitching prospects because the team was headed to the playoffs.  He pitched surprisingly well in his first two starts, struggled in his third and got bombed in his fourth.

Sinkbeil has had very little success as a pro and the fact that the Marlins released him with two options remaining isn’t a good sign.  For Neal Huntington’s first two years as GM, the Pirates loaded up on marginal Yankees’ pitching prospects.  More recently, they seem to have transferred their obsession to efforts to rescue failed Marlins’ prospects.  Sinkbeil has one more year remaining before minor league free agency, so he could be back at Bradenton or Altoona in 2012.

Baseball Reference–Majors
Baseball Reference–Minors
2012: Minor League salary
2010: Major League minimum
Signing Bonus: $1,525,000
MiLB Debut: 2006
MLB Debut: 2010
MLB FA Eligible: 2016
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
MiLB FA Eligible:
Added to 40-Man:
November 20, 2009
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2010)
MLB Service Time: 0.020
June 3, 2003: Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 38th round, 1145th overall pick.
June 6, 2006: Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 1st round, 19th overall pick; signed on June 16.
March 29, 2011: Released by the Florida Marlins.
April 20, 2011: Signed minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.