JASON STOFFEL, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: September 15, 1988
Drafted: 4th Round, 117th Overall, 2009 (Giants)
How Acquired: Minor league free agent
College: University Arizona
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Stoffel was a college closer, drafted by the Giants in the fourth round. He’d dropped in the draft due to an inconsistent fastball that he threw 93-95 mph at times. His out pitch has always been a slider. As a pro, his velocity at times has been in the 89-93 range. He’s generally had high K rates, but has had control problems in some years. Stoffel was a groundball pitcher through 2014, but he’s been a strong flyball pitcher since then. He’s had both standard and reverse platoon splits in the minors. The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal for 2017.
Stoffel went initially to rookie ball and then to short season ball. He had little trouble at either level. Baseball America rated him the team’s 15th best prospect after the season.
The Giants moved Stoffel up to the California League, where he served as closer. He obviously had a rougher time, apart from the high K rate, some of it no doubt attributable to the extreme hitters environment. BA still ranked him 22nd in the Giants’ system.
The Giants sent Stoffel to AA, then traded him in July to Houston, which also sent him to AA. He mostly struggled at both stops, partly due to control problems.
The Astros employed Stoffel as their AA closer all year. Despite a slight drop in his K rate, he improved substantially.
Stoffel opened the season at AA, but moved up to AAA after seven games. He had a reasonably good year, although his walk and K rates in AAA weren’t very good.
Stoffel didn’t have an especially good year in AAA. He had a high K rate, but allowed a lot of hits and walks.
The Astros sent Stoffel back to AAA, where he had a high ERA but fairly good numbers otherwise. In August, Houston sent him for cash to the Orioles, who assigned him to AA. He became a free agent after the season and re-signed with Baltimore.
Stoffel spent the first half of the season in AA, then moved up to AAA. He pitched well at both levels, with solid walk rates and very high K rates.
Stoffel’s 2016 showing suggested that he may have made progress with his command issues. The K rate was certainly enticing. He should have opened 2017 at Indianapolis, but he wasn’t able to pitch during spring training due to shoulder discomfort. It took a long time for him to reach a point where he could pitch; he didn’t appear in a rehab outing until nearly the end of the minor league season. In four appearances in the GCL, he was able to get through only 2.2 IP.
Stoffel will be a free agent after the season. If they still think he has some potential, the Pirates could try to bring him back again on another minor league deal.
|2018: Minor league contract|
|Signing Bonus: $254,700
MiLB Debut: 2009
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 10, 2009: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 4th round, 117th overall pick; signed on July 1.
July 19, 2011: Traded by the San Francisco Giants with Henry Sosa to the Houston Astros for Jeff Keppinger.
August 10, 2015: Traded by the Houston Astros to the Baltimore Orioles for cash.
November 6, 2015: Became a free agent.
December 4, 2015: Signed by the Baltimore Orioles as a minor league free agent.
November 7, 2016: Became a free agent.
November 30, 2016: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league free agent.