Pirates Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Robbie Erlin

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left-handed pitcher Robbie Erlin to a minor league deal according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Erlin has pitched six seasons in the majors for the San Diego Padres, beginning back in 2013. He missed the second half of 2016 and all of 2017 with Tommy John surgery. The 29-year-old was a third round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2009. He had a 5.37 ERA and a 3.61 FIP in 55.1 innings in 2019, spread out over one start and 36 relief appearances. His 1.57 WHIP was a career worst, as was his ERA. In his career, he has a 4.57 ERA/ 3.59 FIP over 313 innings, with 249 strikeouts and a 1.27 WHIP. He has 38 big league starts and 68 relief appearances.

Erlin can make up to $1.6 M in 2020 if he’s on the big league roster all season. According to Nightengale, he has the option to opt out of his contract if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster.

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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