JESS AMEDEE, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: September 5, 1993
Height: 6′ 2″
Drafted: 27th Round, 821st Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Texas
WTM’S PLAYER PROFILE
|Amedee went to Northern Colorado as a freshman in 2012 and Baseball America said he showed command of four quality pitches at the time, with a fastball that sits at about 89-91. As a reliever in the pros, he’s relied very heavily on his slider. He went to Central Arizona Community College in 2013 and made six appearances, then transferred to Texas in 2014. His numbers there were poor, with 35 walks in 48.1 innings and a 6.52 ERA. Perfect Game projected him to go in the 10-15 round range heading into the season. It was hard to find information on Amedee, since he mostly played at smaller schools and moved around a lot. He pitched some as a starter with Texas, but has been used to fill out the bullpen in the lower levels for the Pirates. Amedee signed quickly.
Amedee pitched out of the Bristol bullpen and struggled, apart from a very high K rate. He had an extreme reverse platoon split, with right-handed batters posting nearly double the OPS against him that left-handed batters did. A lot of the trouble seemed to be a very high BABIP of .397. Between that and the K rate, his FIP of 3.49 was a lot better than his ERA.
The Pirates sent Amedee back to Bristol and he pitched better. His K rate was even higher, but his BABIP again was very high, at .392. Naturally, he had a much better FIP, 2.34, than ERA. For the second straight year, he was more effective against left-handed batters.
Amedee opened in extended spring training, then went to West Virginia in late May. Once again, he put up a very high K rate, a high (although not quite as extreme) BABIP of .349, and an FIP (2.37) that was much better than his ERA. HRs are not the problem, either, as he’s allowed only four in his pro career so far. He had a normal platoon split this time, with a .699 opponents’ OPS against left-handed hitters and .621 against right-handed hitters. His numbers were heavily impacted by one very bad, mid-July outing in which he allowed five runs in a third of an inning.
Amedee finally got past the BABIP problem, allowing a .282 average on balls in play, and the result was that he held opponents to a 207/322/298 line. He did, though, have problems with walks while still maintaining a high K rate. He got much better as the season went along, allowing a .946 opponents’ OPS in May and .817 in June, then just .465 in July and .561 in August. He had a bigger platoon split, giving up a .689 OPS to left-handed hitters and just .557 to right-handed hitters.
Amedee will return to Bradenton to open 2018, but could reach Altoona at some point.
|2018: Minor league contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2014
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 7, 2014: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 27th round, 821st overall pick; signed on June 12.|