The Pittsburgh Pirates announced ten minor league free agent signings. The following six players will receive an invitation to Spring Training.
RHP Collin Balester
LHP Jeremy Bleich
RHP Deolis Guerra
RHP Brad Lincoln
INF Gustavo Nunez
RHP Blake Wood
We heard about Lincoln today, and Balester has been known for a while. He spent the 2014 season rehabbing in the Pirates’ farm system...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed four minor league free agents, according to Baseball America’s transactions page. The players who will be returning to the organization are RHP Collin Balester, RHP Marek Minarik, RHP Tyler Sample, and OF Junior Sosa.
Balester was signed by the Pirates last year as a minor league free agent as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. Balester...
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: June 6, 1986
Drafted: 4th round, 14th overall, 2004 (Expos)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
High School: Huntington Beach (CA) HS
Agent: Reynolds Sports Management
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
Balester quickly established himself as a good prospect during...
Manager Jim Leyland already had a good reason to like new reliever Collin Balester.
"He married a girl from Perrysburg, Ohio, my hometown," Leyland said. "So he can't be all bad."
Balester agreed it was unusual that his wife Ashley already had that connection with his new manager.
"She went to Ohio State and I met her when I was playing in Columbus...
(Up above, maybe the first photographic evidence of Collin Balester's mustache, circa February 2010. Photo courtesy of DC Sports Bog -- via CSN Washington's Kelli Johnson)
Godspeed, Collin Balester. Welcome, Ryan Perry.
So maybe Mike Rizzo's first move of the offseason really was all about roster flexibility. Or maybe, after a lost week in Dallas, it...
The Detroit Tigers have exchanged arms with the Washington Nationals in a deal announced by the team Friday evening.
The Tigers sent former first-round draft pick Ryan Perry to the Nationals in exchange for right-hander Collin Balester.
Perry, drafted by the Tigers in 2008, spent the majority of 3 seasons with the club showing flashes of potential at times while appearing wild...