Born: September 14, 2002
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 200
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Drafted: Round 3, 72nd Overall, 2021
How Acquired: Draft
High School: North Oconee HS (GA)
Agent: N/A
Chandler was one of the best athletes in the 2021 draft; MLB Pipeline had him ranked 21st in the draft and Baseball America 20th.  He has a commitment to Clemson both for baseball and as a quarterback in football.  He was a two-way player in baseball, under consideration by some teams as a shortstop, but the Pirates announced him as a pitcher.  He throws 89-93 but has reached 97.  He also has a curve with above-average spin and a change that, typically for a prep pitcher, needs work.  He may also need to work on his delivery, but his athleticism gives him a very high ceiling.  He figured to be hard to sign, but the Pirates may have worked something out with him in advance.  He signed for $3M, which is about mid-1st-round money, far over the slot amount of $870,700.  The sides apparently have a handshake agreement that Chandler will  hit as well as pitch.

R:  167/324/300, 30 AB, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 BB, 16 K

Like all of the Pirates’ prep pitching draftees and some of the college pitchers, Chandler didn’t pitch the year he was drafted.  He did, however, play three games at short and eight as DH.  He showed some power and patience, but obviously had a lot of trouble making contact.

Chandler likely will be at Bradenton in 2022.  It’ll be interesting to see just how much playing time he gets in non-pitching roles.


2022: Minor league salary
Signing Bonus: $3,000,000
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2027
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2025
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
July 12, 2021: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 3rd round, 72nd overall pick; signed on July 21.