Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 2/26/13
ODERMAN ROCHA RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: November 7, 1992 Height: 6’3″ Weight: 165 Bats: Right Throws: Right Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2010 Country: Colombia Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Rocha has spent three years in the Latin American summer leagues since signing, improving each year.  He’s been a strong groundball pitcher and had a good K rate in 2012. 2010 VSL:  0-0-0, 6.30 ERA, 2.30 WHIP, 10.0 IP, 9.0 BB/9, 7.2 K/9 Rocha mostly struggled in very brief pro debut. 2011 VSL:  4-2-0, 3.29 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 54.2 IP, 4.3 BB/9, 8.6 K/9 Rocha returned to the VSL, pitching mainly as a starter.  He was much more effective, although he had some control problems. 2012 DSL:  6-1-0, 1.81 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 49.2 IP, 3.1 BB/9, 9.6 K/9 Having eliminated their VSL affiliate, the Pirates sent Rocha to the DSL.  He pitched mainly in relief, although it didn’t cut into his innings total much.  Despite the tougher league, he improved, with a much lower walk rate and more than a strikeout per inning.  His ratio of groundouts to air outs was over two and a half to one. Rocha was in camp in March and will probably head to the GCL in 2013. STATS Baseball Reference–Minors Fangraphs MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2013: Minor league contract PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: N/A MiLB Debut: 2010 MLB Debut: N/A MiLB FA Eligible: 2016 MLB FA Eligible: N/A Rule 5 Eligible: 2014 Added to 40-Man: N/A Options Remaining: 3 MLB Service Time: 0.000 TRANSACTIONS April 24, 2010: Signed as an international free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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