MICHAEL LOPRESTI, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: October 22, 1996
Drafted: 18th Round, 534th Overall, 2018
How Acquired: Draft
College: St Johns University
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|LoPresti is a typical Pirates pick, as a 6’4″ right-handed pitcher. He was a three-year starter at St Johns, where he improved his stats each season. He wasn’t a strikeout pitcher, but threw strikes and limited the damage. In 77 innings in 2018, LoPresti had a 3.16 ERA, a .255 BAA and a 55:29 SO:BB ratio. He went undrafted out of high school despite good size and an 88 MPH fastball at the time.
LoPresti joined the West Virginia rotation and had a rough time. Opponents batted 341/403/488 against him. He also missed very few bats and didn’t improve as the season went along.
The Pirates sent LoPresti back to West Virginia, where he pitched in relief. He improved dramatically over the previous year and, in mid-July, the Pirates moved him up to Greensboro. That didn’t go well at all. Opponents blistered him for a .405 average and he also had control problems.
LoPresti has mostly had a rough time so far. He’ll probably return to Greensboro in 2020.
|2020: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $100,000
MiLB Debut: 2018
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 6, 2018: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 18th round, 534th overall pick; signed on June 12.|