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Pirates Sign Right-Handed Pitcher Josh Stinson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of free agent right-handed pitcher Josh Stinson to a minor league contract. They have also given him an invitation to Spring Training.

Stinson has pitched parts of four seasons in the majors, spending time with the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles. He made eight appearances for the Orioles this season, posting a 6.23 ERA in 13 innings. At AAA, he had a 5.48 ERA over 85.1 innings, making 13 starts and nine relief appearances. While just two of his 39 big league appearances have been as a starter, nearly half of his minor league appearances over a nine-year career have come in a starting role.

The 26-year-old Stinson was drafted in the 37th round out of high school in 2006 by the Mets. He has a 1.39 GO/AO ratio and a 6.2 SO/9 ratio during his minor league career.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.


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26 years old. Good slider. Groundball pitcher. Biggest problems are walks and home runs. Sounds like exactly the type of guy the Pirates like to give a low risk contract to, tinker with, and turn into a solid middle reliever. I like it.

Andy Prough

Got to love the 1.39 GO/AO stat for a Pirate reclamation project.

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