Pirates Sign Right-Handed Pitcher Jason Stoffel to Minor League Contract

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have signed right-handed pitcher Jason Stoffel and lefty Dan Runzler to minor league contracts and invited both players to Spring Training. We announced the Runzler signing exactly four weeks ago, so that is old news that they are just getting around to announcing. Stoffel is the new signing today. He’s a 28-year-old righty, with no Major League experience, though he has spent four seasons in Triple-A.

Stoffel was a fourth round pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2009. He pitched in their system until 2011, when he was traded to the Houston Astros for former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jeff Keppinger. He remained there until late-2015 when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles. He re-signed with the Orioles for 2016 and split the season between Double-A and Triple-A. Stoffel had a 1.78 ERA in 30.1 innings over 28 appearances in Triple-A this year, striking out 37 batters and posting a 1.09 WHIP. He has made 381 relief appearances in his career without a single start.

Stoffel last ranked as a top prospect in the minors back in 2010, getting ranked #22 in the Giants system by Baseball America. At the time, he had a fastball that sat 88-93 MPH, with a slider for his strikeout pitch and he was working on a changeup. He has always put up strong strikeout totals, with a total of 456 in 426.1 innings during his career. Control has sometimes been an issue, and he went from being a ground ball pitcher early in his career, to a fly ball pitcher the last two seasons.

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BuccosFanStuckinMD

More NH dumpster diving….

dcbuccofan

It’s a minor league contract. Everybody needs to do it for depth, at a minimum, and there is no harm in doing it if he doesn’t ever get to the majors. Your just looking for things to criticize, even if it’s not legitimate.

AttyMike

Maybe instead of covering the market of remaining free agent major leaguers such as Nova and Hill, you should covering the market for guys like these two b/c that’s the market where the Pirates are shopping this off-season. They don’t shop in non-discount markets.

leowalter

Cut and paste for the next few seasons. ” If they think they are going win with dumpster dive signings like this, the franchise is in real trouble “. Just trying to be helpful.

capirate

Thanks for looking out for our welfare!

cabbo80

Why did Stetson Allie signing with Dodgers get no press?

BuccosFanStuckinMD

Considering he was a former second round pick, it should have merited some mention…especially if you are going to mention this kind of signing…

leowalter

Probably because it wasn’t important ?

Blaine Huff

I clicked…you win.

AttyMike

Very funny!

WillyMoGarcia33

Keyvius Sampson got DFA’d 2 days ago by the Reds actually

Biagio

That is really amazing! Just goes to show what a crap shoot is with the draft.

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