CURTIS PARTCH, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: February 13, 1987
Drafted: 26th Round, 799th Overall, 2007 (Reds)
How Acquired: Minor league free agent
College: Merced (CA) College
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Partch was drafted on the basis of a mid-90s fastball. He also threw a fringy slider and change as a starter. He moved to relief early in 2012. As a reliever, his velocity has been 94-97 and he’s used the slider as his secondary pitch. Partch had trouble with left-handed hitters as a starter, but hasn’t had a platoon split as a reliever. He’s struck out a lot of hitters since moving to the bullpen, but his command isn’t strong. He’s been a groundball pitcher. The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal for 2015.
Partch divided his time between rookie and advanced rookie ball, pitching in relief except for one start at the latter level. He walked 28 batters, more than he struck out, in 34.1 IP.
The Reds sent Partch to low A for the season. He made 17 starts and 16 relief appearances, cutting his walk rate by more than half but not striking out many.
Partch spent the season as a starter, mostly in low A except for August, which he spent in high A, and one fill-in game in AA. He continued putting up weak walk and K rates.
The Reds sent Partch to the Carolina League, where he mostly pitched out of the rotation. He had a rough year, with opponents batting 312/372/479 against him.
The Reds sent Partch back to high A, but their affiliate had moved to the extreme-offense California League. It wasn’t a welcome change for Partch, who got hit hard, including gopher ball problems. He struggled even more in seven late-season starts in AA. Opponents put up another big batting line against him at 322/369/486.
Partch made four starts in AA and got torched for a 378/465/649 batting line. The Reds then moved him to the bullpen, where he made seven appearances in high A and 41 after returning to AA. The move worked out well, as Partch held opponents to .637 OPS, with a WHIP of 1.20 and K/9 of 9.0 in relief (his AA stats were severely inflated by the four terrible starts). After the season, Cincinnati added him to the 40-man roster. Baseball America ranked him 27th in the Reds’ system.
Partch started the season in AA, but moved up after eight dominant outings. He didn’t dominate in AAA, but continued to fan well over a batter an inning. The Reds called him up for nearly two months starting in early June, then brought him back in September. He struggled in the majors, especially with his control. BA rated him the team’s 28th best prospect after the season.
Partch made the Reds’ opening day roster, but was soon sent down and made only a few brief returns to the majors. He didn’t pitch well in AAA, with control issues being part of the problem. He didn’t allow any runs in seven major league innings, but he walked seven batters. After the season, the Reds non-tendered Partch and he signed a minor league deal with the Giants.
The Giants left Partch in AAA all year. He pitched just OK there, although he continued to strike out a lot of hitters.
Of the various depth options the Pirates had at Indianapolis on minor league deals, Partch pitched easily the best during the season’s first two months. When the team needed a reliever in early June, they called him up. He made one appearance, failed to retire any of the three batters he faced, was sent back to AAA, and was designated for assignment in late June to make room for Chad Kuhl. He cleared waivers and was outrighted to Indianapolis. In early August, though, the Pirates called Partch back up. After one appearance, they optioned him back to AAA, then designated him for assignment after the AAA season ended to clear roster space. Partch pitched well during his time in Indianapolis, striking out a batter an inning and holding hitters to a 202/309/254 line. He did have some control problems. He had a big platoon split, holding left-handed hitters to a .451 OPS.
Partch cleared waivers and the Pirates outrighted him to AAA. He’ll become a free agent after the season.
|2016: Minor league contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2007
MLB Debut: 6/9/2013
MiLB FA Eligible: 2016
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 11/19/2012
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2013, 2014, 2016)
MLB Service Time: 0.130
|June 8, 2005: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 49th round, 1468th overall pick.
June 8, 2007: Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 26th round, 799th overall pick; signed on June 12.
November 19, 2012: Contract purchased by the Cincinnati Reds.
December 1, 2014: Non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds; elected free agency on December 2.
December 16, 2014: Signed by the San Francisco Giants as a minor league free agent.
November 6, 2015: Became a free agent.
November 26, 2015: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league free agent.
June 4, 2016: Called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
June 26, 2016: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates; outrighted to AAA on July 3.
August 6, 2016: Called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
September 6, 2016: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates; outrighted to AAA on September 9.