Johan Oviedo enjoys the opportunity to start again

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A good chunk of the 2022 campaign has featured Johan Oviedo coming out of the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen to strong success.

Oviedo, who was acquired in the deadline deal that sent José Quintana and Chris Stratton to the Cardinals, is viewed by the Pirates as a long-term starter. He is currently in Indianapolis, getting stretched out, and is fine with the plan.

“I’ve always been a starter,” Oviedo sad. “This year, after one first start in the big leagues, the rest was as a reliever. I’m always ready to be a starter. That’s what I love. If I have to relieve at some point, I’ll do anything to get myself out there. I would love to start, and I think I’m ready for it.“

Cherington didn’t rule out Oviedo getting some time in Pittsburgh this season as well on his wee...



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Tim; I still cannot access most of these articles; and have emailed you 5 times about, with no reply. I will not be renewing my subscription.


A sneaky good trade deadline where the Pirates solidified the Bullpen with two solid, young, hard throwers in Colin Holderman and Johan Oviedo, while also adding a RH hitting 1B in Malcom Nunez, only 21, but hitting well at AA.

Nunez puts the ball in play for both average and power – 823 OPS, with 48 Walks and only 71 K’s. He fields well enough (994), but his range needs to improve. Prior to 2022 he was a 3B and had only played 5 games at 1B in his minor league career.

Holderman was a 0.4 fWAR in 15 relief appearances with the Mets, and Oviedo was a 0.1 fWAR in 14 relief appearances with the Cardinals. Oviedo has been a SP for the Cardinals in the minors and the Pirates are exploring that possibility with him at AAA right now.


When will Brennan Malone start to pitch? I know this article isn’t about him but every time I check the prospect watch or read about a minor league pitcher I wonder what he is up to. I had high hopes for him when he joined the ranks.


I believe Malone is injured again.


Let him start, he can always go back to the pen.

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