The Pittsburgh Pirates released two minor league pitchers on Tuesday, letting go of right-handers Jake Mielock and John Pomeroy.
Pomeroy (pictured) was drafted in the 13th round in 2016. He threw hard, hitting 98 MPH in the Fall Instructional League when we first saw him. Since then, the 24-year-old had Tommy John surgery in April of 2017 and saw just 22.2 innings during his return last season. He had 29 strikeouts and a .186 BAA in his limited time, but it also came with 22 walks.
Mielock is a soft-tossing righty, who was drafted in the 40th round last year out of Colorado Mesa. That’s the same school that produced Bligh Madris, who the Pirates drafted in the ninth round in 2017. Mielock obviously wasn’t around long and he only got in 10.1 innings as a pro. He had a 12.19 ERA and a 2.61 WHIP in the GCL. Despite being a 2018 draft pick, he turned 24 years old back in January.
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.