JOHN POMEROY, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: October 9, 1994
Drafted: 13th Round, 405th Overall, 2016
How Acquired: Draft
College: Oregon State University
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Pomeroy saw only limited action in three years at Oregon State. He pitched just 14.1 IP in three years, all in relief, allowing just eight hits but walking 14 as well as striking out 14. He throws in the mid-90s with a breaking ball, but has poor control. He’ll obviously be a project.
The Pirates sent Pomeroy to pitch in relief for Bristol. He came as advertised, striking out a lot of hitters but walking even more. As a result, opponents had just a .191 batting average and .298 slugging average, but they had an OBP of .466.
Pomeroy had Tommy John surgery in April, leaving him out for the season.
The Pirates sent Pomeroy to Morgantown, where he made 15 relief appearances, most of them limited to one inning. He struggled to throw strikes, walking a batter an inning. A little surprisingly, the Pirates moved him up to West Virginia in August and he got into eight games there. He did better there; his walk rate dropped only a little, but he allowed just two hits and struck out 36% of the batters he faced.
Pomeroy has remarkably little experience, having thrown just over 50 innings between his college career and his three pro seasons (one of which he of course missed). His progress at West Virginia, though, hints at the potential he might have if he can start getting the ball over the plate with even passable frequency.
|2019: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $100,000
MiLB Debut: 2016
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2019
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 11, 2016: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 13th round, 405th overall pick; signed on June 16.|