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Pirates Agree to Minor League Deal with Right-Handed Pitcher Nate Webb

According to Robert Murray, the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a minor league deal with 25-year-old right-handed pitcher Nate Webb. He was recently let go by the Kansas City Royals, despite pitching well in the Arizona Fall League.

As noted in the tweet, Webb has a fastball that touches 100 MPH in relief. He struggled throughout the 2022 season at three different levels, while also missing the first two months of the season due to injury. He did well in 2021, splitting the season between two levels of A-Ball, combining for a 3.94 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP, with 89 strikeouts in 59.1 innings. His 2022 season saw mediocre rehab results in rookie ball, but he followed that with a 9.57 ERA in 26.1 innings in Double-A, and six runs over 2.1 innings in Triple-A. He had a 9.99 ERA, 2.34 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 33.1 innings over all three levels. Webb didn’t allow an earned run in six Arizona Fall League appearances.

This is a minor league deal, so there’s no real risk giving a spot to an arm with recent past success and a 100 MPH fastball.

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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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PiratePrimate

Nate’s a good name. Anybody named Nate who can throw 98-100, you gotta give him a chance.

RaisetheJollyRancherGirl

I’ve said this elsewhere but if you look at the pitch mix and grades on FG, it’s a Luis Ortiz do-over but a year older. They probably hope to get him built up with a similar mix out of the bullpen.

JimEastTennessee

I’ll take these “No risk, high reward” types…It might take 10 tries to hit one, but…

jaygray007

I feel like the royals are almost as bad at developing as anybody, so, might as well take a shot!

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

They have been pretty bad as transitioning high end pitchers to majors, so why not

roberto

Though they did a nice job with Brady Singer, I think you are right. And Kaufman Stadium is a great place to pitch. At PNC you need two players with CF speed. At the K you want three. It is huge, with high walls.

Scam likely

Nine, nine ,nine.

roberto

Did you mean nein or are you expressing you inner Rainman?

RAS TN

Fascination with pitchers that can throw 100 mph…Can he throw strikes to get batters out and his pitch totals are 15 per inning or less at the major league level…TWT…

roberto

Some guys figure it out. Most don’t.

AdministrativeSky236

Probably nothing, but ill take a flier on a minor league FA that can hit 100 any day

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