JERAD EICKHOFF, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: July 2, 1990
Drafted: 15th Round, 474th overall pick, 2011 (Rangers)
How Acquired: Minor league free agent
College: Olney (IL) Central College
Agent: VC Sports Group
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Eickhoff is a soft-tossing righty whom the Rangers drafted out of junior college. He throws a 90-mph fastball and relies heavily on a curve and slider. He occasionally throws a change. Eickhoff is a strong flyball pitcher who’s often had problems with the longball. He doesn’t walk many, but doesn’t miss many bats. He struggles badly against left-handed hitters, who’ve raked him for a .918 OPS in his major league career. Eickhoff pitched well as a starter after going to the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade in 2015. In 2017, though, injuries started to hamper him and he hasn’t pitched well since. The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal for 2022.
Eickhoff split his debut between rookie and short season ball, pitching strictly in relief. He allowed very few baserunners.
The Rangers moved Eickhoff up to Low-A and gave him 25 starts. He didn’t miss many bats and got hit fairly hard, as opponents had 22 home runs and a .474 slugging average.
Eickhoff made 21 starts in High-A and six more in AA. He got good results at the lower level, allowing only nine home runs, although he still didn’t miss many bats. In AA he walked more than he struck out and allowed a home run every five innings.
The Rangers kept Eickhoff in the AA rotation all year and he did much better, holding opponents to a .226 average while sharply increasing his K rate. Texas added him to the 40-man roster after the season.
Eickhoff started the season in AA, but the Rangers moved him up to AAA after two starts. He was solid after the promotion, especially considering it was the Pacific Coast League. At the trade deadline, Texas sent him to Philadelphia in the Cole Hamels trade. Eickhoff made three starts for the Phillies in AAA, then moved up to the majors. He pitched very well there in eight starts. Overall, he threw 183 innings on the year.
The Phillies kept Eickhoff in their rotation all year. He pitched very well, although with a lack of run support. When he had problems, it was generally gopher balls, as he gave up 30.
Injuries started to impact Eickhoff. He missed several weeks around mid-season with an upper-back strain, then missed September with a nerve problem in his right hand. He eventually had carpal tunnel surgery.
A lat strain cost Eickhoff most of his season.
Injuries continued to plague Eickhoff, as he missed much of the season with biceps tendonitis and a finger blister. He didn’t pitch with the Phillies after June 16. His season started well enough, as he had a 1.50 ERA through his first five games. Eickhoff allowed no home runs up through that point, but afterward he allowed 18 in just 28.1 IP. The Phillies outrighted him after the season and he became a free agent.
Eickhoff signed a minor league deal with the Padres before the season. He was called up in August, but never pitched for San Diego. The Padres outrighted him to their alternate site, but he chose free agency. Eickhoff signed a minor league deal with Texas at the end of August, but never pitched for them and became a free agent after the season. He signed a minor league deal with the Mets.
Eickhoff opened the season in AAA, then starting in June the injury-riddled Mets called him up and designated him for assignment three separate times. He also missed much of August with an injury. Home runs continued to be a problem, as Eickhoff allowed 17 in AAA and another nine — nearly one every two innings — in the majors. He became a free agent after the season.
The Pirates no doubt see Eickhoff as AAA rotation depth. Since the injuries started to get him in 2017, he’s had increasing trouble, especially with gopher balls.
UPDATE: Eickhoff didn’t pitch especially well for Indianapolis, mainly due to gopher balls, but the Pirates called him up in late June when they needed a starter. He made one disastrous start and the Pirates designated him for assignment two days after they called him up, then outrighted him to AAA.
|2022: Minor League Salary|
|Signing Bonus: $150,000
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut: 8/21/2015
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible: 2024
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 11/20/2014
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2015, 2019, 2020)
MLB Service Time: 4.065
|June 9, 2010: Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 46th round, 1390th overall pick.
June 8, 2011: Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round, 474th overall pick; signed on July 3.
November 20, 2014: Contract purchased by the Texas Rangers.
July 31, 2015: Traded by the Texas Rangers with Matt Harrison, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Jake Thompson and Alec Asher to the Philadelphia Phillies for Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman and cash considerations.
November 11, 2019: Outrighted to AAA by the Philadelphia Phillies; refused assignment and became a free agent.
January 15, 2020: Signed as a minor league free agent by the San Diego Padres.
August 2, 2020: Called up by the San Diego Padres.
August 24, 2020: Outrighted to alternate training site by the San Diego Padres; refused assignment and became a free agent on August 26.
August 30, 2020: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Texas Rangers.
November 2, 2020: Became a free agent.
December 21, 2020: Signed as a minor league free agent by the New York Mets.
June 20, 2021: Called up by the New York Mets.
June 29, 2021: Designated for assignment by the New York Mets; outrighted to AAA on July 3.
July 11, 2021: Called up by the New York Mets.
July 20, 2021: Designated for assignment by the New York Mets; elected free agency on July 24.
July 25, 2021: Signed as a minor league free agent by the New York Mets.
July 27, 2021: Called up by the New York Mets.
July 28, 2021: Designated for assignment by the New York Mets; outrighted to AAA on July 30.
October 6, 2021: Became a free agent.
November 28, 2021: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
June 22, 2022: Called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
June 24, 2022: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates; outrighted to AAA on June 26.