The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Friday afternoon that right-handed pitcher Junior Fernandez has been claimed off of waivers by the New York Yankees. He was designated for assignment on Tuesday when the 40-man roster was set ahead of the Rule 5 draft.
Fernandez was claimed off of waivers by the Pirates from the St Louis Cardinals in September. He pitched three games this season for the Pirates, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings on four walks and a hit. The 25-year-old has a 5.17 ERA, a 5.57 FIP, a 1.72 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 54 innings over 50 big league appearances.
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.