Bubba Chandler was also assigned to the Florida Complex League to start his career in the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization, as a pitcher. Chandler did make his Organizational debut last summer in form of a hitter. He was able to record 37 plate appearances but never took the mound.
This year he has been doing both. He has pitched as part of a typical rotation, but also has spent time being the designated hitter. Chandler quickly earned himself a promotion from the Complex League. At that level, he had an OPS over 1.000 and walked 9 times while only striking out 6 times. As a pitcher, he was straight dominant. He did not allow a single earned run in his 15.1 innings of work. Furthermore, he struck out an impressive 27 hitters in those innings.
Chandler was promoted to Low-A Bradenton in mid-July. He has once again been doing both pitching and hitting. As a hitter, he is not having as much success. He currently owns an OPS of .625 in 42 at-bats.
His pitching numbers at Low-A are a little more interesting. His ERA is not great, sitting at 5.68 across 12.2 innings of work. However, he is still getting a lot of swings and misses striking out 19 total batters. Things will likely get better for Chandler as he gains more experience on the mound, the stuff is obviously there.