The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed right-handed pitcher Angel Sanchez from the Chicago White Sox. Originally, Bob Nightengale from USA Today reported that the Pirates claimed a shortstop by that name from the White Sox(who is a real player that played for them in 2013), but it turns out that the Pirates have picked up the pitcher by the same name.
The pitcher is a 24-year-old righty, who was in AA at the time. He has pitched for four different teams in the minors this year and struggled at every stop, posting a 6.57 ERA over 19 starts, with a .312 BAA. He’s shown decent control with 28 walks in 89 innings and the 1.35 GO/AO ratio is likely something that caught the eye of the Pirates. He’s had a decent ground ball rate for four years as a pro and prior to this season, he was more of a strikeout pitcher.
Sanchez started with the Dodgers and was rated their 8th best prospect prior to the 2013 season. He was part of the Ricky Nolasco deal with the Marlins, along with right-handed pitcher Josh Wall, who was removed from the Pirates 40-man roster to make room for Sanchez. Wall was pitching in Indianapolis, where he placed after being picked up off waivers from the Angels in May. He has a 3.22 ERA over 19 relief appearances, with 22 strikeouts in 22.1 innings with Indianapolis.
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And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the Pirates’ version of a trade deadline “splash!”
Heck of a deal. (being facetious)
Just odd. Wall wasn’t pitching that badly. He’ll be out of options, but by the time they straighten Sanchez out, so will he.
It’s just a matter of changing one 40 man roster spot for a better one. Most people would take a starter with a better arm over a reliever any day and it looks like that is just what the Pirates did. Doesn’t have any effect on the trade market, just a slight upgrade, getting a pitcher with more upside.
Josh Wall DFA’d, just a depth move, Angel was the Marlins 16th ranked prospect to start 2014 and part of the Nolasco trade last summer. Claimed on waivers by TB, CHW, and now us.
93-95 fastball, but terrible results and peripherals in the minors, a project for Jim Benedict
Although, MLBTR has Sanchez listed as a SP, so is it Kingham?
Makes me think Bucs are dealing Kingham