• Full name Carmen Alexander Mlodzinski
  • Born 02/19/1999 in Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 225 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School South Carolina
  • Drafted in the CB-A round (31st overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020 (signed for $2,050,000).
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    Mlodzinski (pronounced ‘Muh-jin-ski’) had some top-five round grades from clubs coming out of Hilton Head (S.C.) High, but he made it to campus at South Carolina, where he posted a 5.61 ERA over two abbreviated seasons. A foot injury limited him to just three games in 2019, but Mlodzinski entered the 2020 season as a redshirt sophomore with some of the most hype in the country. An exceptional summer in the Cape Cod League showed scouts exciting upside. He ranked as the top pitcher in the league with a fastball up to 97-98 mph, an impressive slider and cutter and a 2.15 ERA over six starts, with 40 strikeouts to just four walks. Because of that, he entered the season as a potential top 10 pick, though scouts wanted to see him put together some track record with the Gamecocks. He managed just four starts before the season shut down ahead of a big SEC matchup with Tennessee, posting a 2.84 ERA in 25.1 innings with less gaudy strikeout numbers but plenty of ground balls induced. Teams expected Mlodzinski to miss more bats this spring. He sat in the 92-94 mph range and showed 96 and 97 at times, but the pitch is a heavy sinking fastball that generates tons of ground balls. It wasn’t a pitch that generated whiff after whiff up in the zone. After flashing a plus slider and a plus cutter in the Cape, Mlodzinski’s breaking balls were more above-average or solid, with the slider lacking the depth and tilt that he had shown previously and the cutter sitting in the 89-91 mph range. He tinkered with a curveball that was fringe-average at times, and also infrequently threw a changeup that needs further refinement. Without a true swing-and-miss offering, it’s more difficult to see Mlodzinski going at the top of the first round. As a physical, 6-foot-2, 231-pound righty who throws a lot of strikes, has a clean arm action and forces hitters into beating the ball into the ground (38 groundouts in four starts in 2020) though, he still offers a reasonable floor as a middle or back-of-the-rotation starter.

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  • Pittsburgh Pirates selected the contract of RHP Carmen Mlodzinski from Indianapolis Indians.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates selected the contract of RHP Carmen Mlodzinski from Indianapolis Indians.
  • RHP Carmen Mlodzinski assigned to Indianapolis Indians from Altoona Curve.
  • RHP Carmen Mlodzinski roster status changed by Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates invited non-roster RHP Carmen Mlodzinski to spring training.

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