Pirates Sign Pitcher Matt Nevarez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Matt Nevarez from the Wichita Wingnuts, an independent team out of the American Association. The 27-year-old has pitched in pro ball since 2005 after being drafted by the Texas Rangers in the tenth round that year.

Nevarez has pitched in the closer role this season, posting a 1.59 ERA in 34 innings over 35 appearances. He has 23 saves in 24 chances, to go along with a 42:12 K/BB ratio and a 1.12 WHIP. He has pitched as high as AA, last with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013, before an arm injury ended his season early. Over his minor league career, he has a 3.20 ERA in 281.2 innings, with 345 strikeouts. Almost all of his work as a pro has come in relief, with his last start occurring six years ago.

According to a press release from Wichita, he will be assigned to the Altoona Curve.