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The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of six minor league free agents, via a team press release. The six players are right-handed pitchers Brooks Brown, Erik Cordier, David Bromberg, and Luis Sanz, outfielder Felix Pie, and infielder Alex Valdez. All are minor league deals, and from that group, Brown, Cordier, and Pie received invites to Spring Training. We already heard about the signing of Felix Pie the other day. Here is some information on the other players.
Brooks Brown - The 27-year-old made it to Triple-A for the first time last year in Detroit’s farm system. He had a 4.90 ERA in 112 innings, mostly as a starter, with a 6.5 K/9 and a 4.7 BB/9 ratio. Brown throws an 88-92 MPH sinkerball, and a big breaking slider which can be a plus pitch at times. His changeup has been fringy, and despite working as a starter for most of his career, he’s probably better suited as a bullpen arm with the sinker/slider combo.
Erik Cordier - He’s spent parts of three seasons in Triple-A, most recently with Atlanta’s farm system. Cordier had a 4.38 ERA in 24.2 innings last year, but displayed poor control with a 15:21 K/BB ratio. That’s been the theme in his Triple-A career, with a 5.01 ERA in 118.2 innings and an 80:79 K/BB ratio. The appeal here obviously comes from the stuff. According to Baseball America, who rated Cordier Atlanta’s 26th best prospect in 2011, the right-hander can throw his fastball as hard as 97 MPH and has a slider that can be a plus pitch at times.
David Bromberg - He spent seven seasons in the Twins’ organization, most recently in Double-A and Triple-A. Last year he had a 3.75 ERA in 72 innings in Double-A, with a 68:35 K/BB ratio, and a 2.75 ERA in 19.2 innings in Triple-A, with a 16:10 K/BB ratio. Baseball America had him in Minnesota’s top ten in 2009, and just outside the top 10 in 2010. He can throw 94-95 with his fastball, and 86-92 with his two-seamer. According to BA he has issues with his stuff flattening out, although that was from the 2010 scouting report.
Luis Sanz - Another pitcher formerly with Detroit. Sanz had a 3.46 ERA in 114.1 innings with high-A last year, along with a 91:40 K/BB ratio. The 24-year-old has yet to pitch above high-A. He throws his fastball 89-92 MPH, touching 93, and mixes in a changeup and a sharp curveball.
Alex Valdez - He spent time with Oakland, Washington, and Boston, and recently played in the Mexican League. While in the Mexican League, Valdez hit for a .359/.411/.597 line in 390 at-bats, with 19 homers. The 19 homers was a career high for him, topping his 13 in 2005 in Double-A. Valdez is 28 years old, so he’s unlikely to be more than an organizational player in the upper levels, although his numbers last year were interesting.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates set their 40-man roster today, adding five players and protecting those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft on December 6th. The list below includes the players who were left unprotected for the draft.
Before I get to the list, I want to point out a mistake on Gift Ngoepe’s eligibility. Ngoepe signed with the Pirates in late-2008 at the age of 18. This...
In Winter League action yesterday, Darren Ford likely played his last game of the off-season. If he did, he went out in a big way. Ford hit a fourth inning grand slam during Leones del Caracas 7-5 win. According to El Universal(link is in Spanish), the original plan for Ford was to take two weeks off, then return to the team in mid-December. He states in the article that he wants...
So we have a dilemma in this five-point series.
We have a team here that, for the past two years has been in first place at the All-Star break and ended up with a losing record. Do they really need a change in the team or do they just need to grow up a little bit and stay consistent through the final three months of the season?
The first thing that you have to look at is the line...
The Pirates have signed outfielder Felix Pie to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invite to spring training and incentives based on plate appearances if he makes the major league club.
'COME A LONG WAY'
People tend to focus so much on the astronomical mounts of money professional athletes make in some instances that they forget where some of them came from. By making it to the biggest stage in sports, many players rescued themselves and their families from lives of hardship. Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen tweeted the photo you see above on Monday with a powerful...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with right-handed pitchers Brooks Brown and Erik Cordier and outfielder
Felix Pie (pronounced P-a) on minor league contracts with invitations to spring training as non-roster players. The club
also agreed to terms with right-handed pitchers David Bromberg and Luis Sanz, along with infielder Alex Valdez on
minor league deals.
There’s success stories and then there’s those success stories with a large dose of inspiration to go with it.
The other day Pirates All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen posted this picture to his Twitter page which by all account is very inspiring.
come a long way since livin here…Thank you God for all youve done n my life. #Ameninstagr.am/p/SOUy9djt_X/
— andrew mccutchen...
After going through an 11 day layoff, the Australian Baseball League resumed their schedule today with Adelaide taking a 6-2 loss. Two Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands were in the starting lineup. Stefan Welch started at 3B and batted fifth, while Justin Howard hit seventh and played left field. Welch went 0-for-2 with a walk and HBP. Howard went 0-for-3 with a walk. He is now hitting...
1. Gerrit Cole, RHP – Everyone knows all about Cole. Good results, knocking on the door. Just a matter of time before we get to see his Ace potential in Pittsburgh, possibly this season. 2. Alen Hanson, SS – Building quite the resume. Very Young. Still very raw. Much of his ranking is dependent on [...]
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have added the following five players to the 40-man roster:
Middle relievers are never the sexiest names available during the offseason, but it’s hard to dispute just how important a solid bullpen is to a team’s success. For that reason, it’s shouldn’t be too surprising that Jason Grilli is reportedly drawing interest from nearly a third of the league.
Grilli, who just turned 36, has transformed into a solid reliever the past two...
In Winter League action last night in the Dominican League, Alen Hanson got his first start of the off-season and played his first game since November 2nd. Hanson went 0-for-3, with a walk and a run scored. He has yet to pick up a hit in five AB’s.
In that same game, Starling Marte went 2-for-4, with two singles, two runs scored, a walk and three stolen bases. He now has a .333...
Here's a list of players that signed Minor League deals recently:
– Outfielder Felix Pie signed a Minor League deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The deal includes invitation for Spring Training adds Connolly. Pie hit .285/.338/.459 with 6 HR's, 51 RBI's and a .355 wOBA in 364 plate appearances with the Braves' Triple...
Born: February 8, 1985
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2001 (Cubs)
How acquired: Minor League Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
Pie was regarded as a potential five-tool outfielder while he was with the Cubs, but he never developed...
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: June 20, 1985
Drafted: 1st round, 34th overall, 2006 (Diamondbacks)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: University of Georgia
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
Brown was a supplemental first round pick of Arizona in 2006 on the strength of a fastball...