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Pirates Claim Left-Handed Pitcher Williams Jerez


The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have claimed left-handed pitcher Williams Jerez off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. To make room on the 40-man roster, Kyle Crick has been placed on the 60-day injured list.

Jerez was with the Los Angeles Angels this Spring Training before being traded to the Giants for pitcher Chris Stratton, so the Pirates ended up with both players involved in the trade. The 27-year-old Jerez made six appearances for the Giants this year, posting a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 innings. That’s a nice ERA, but he had a 6.66 FIP and a 1.95 WHIP, with more walks (6) than strikeouts (4). He also pitched with the Angels during the 2018 season, posting a 6.00 ERA in 15 innings over 17 appearances. He actually pitched better during this stint, despite the difference in ERA. Jerez had a 5.36 FIP, 1.67 WHIP and 15 strikeouts.

Jerez got a late start to pitching. He was an outfielder during his first three seasons of pro ball, switching to the mound in 2014. Over 363 minor league innings, he has a 3.60 ERA, with a 1.35 WHIP and 383 strikeouts. He will join the Pirates this weekend in Chicago.

If you somehow missed it, Crick was injured in a clubhouse fight and needed surgery, which is why he is out for the rest of the season.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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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