The Pirates Announce Six Minor League Signings

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced six minor league signings on Thursday morning. They are LHP Rob Zastryzny, LHP Angel Perdomo, LHP Daniel Zamora, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Nathan Webb, and catcher Tyler Heineman. All six players received Spring Training invites. 

Just two of these deals were unknown. We announced the Daniel Zamora signing two weeks ago. The Heineman news was broken the day after Zamora. Chatwood was reported yesterday by Robert Murray, while Webb actually signed just over a month ago. The new players are Perdomo and Zastryzny.

Perdomo is 28 years old, with two partial seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers (2020-21) to his credited. His big league time shows an 8.24 ERA, a 6.43 FIP and a 1.93 WHIP in 19.2 innings, despite an incredible total of 33 strikeouts.

His 2022 season was split between minor league time with the Brewers, as well as a stint in Triple-A with the Tampa Bay Rays. He had a 1.85 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP in 34 innings total, with 56 strikeouts. He allowed three runs over six innings in seven appearances during this winter in the Dominican.

Zastryzny has pitched parts of four seasons in the majors, which has amounted to 38.2 innings over 24 appearances. He played for the 2016-18 Chicago Cubs, while seeing brief time this past season with the Los Angeles Angels and New York Mets.

Zastryzny posted a 3.42 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 68 strikeouts in 55.2 innings at Triple-A in 2022, spending part of the season in the high-offense of Salt Lake City. His big league time amounted to four innings over six appearances. He has a career 4.66 ERA, 3.61 FIP, 1.47 WHIP and 34 strikeouts. He will be 31 years old on Opening Day.

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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KirkV12

Rangers just claimed Nick Mears. Bon voyage Nick! Still have hopes for his power reliever upside, fingers crossed it clicks for him in Texas

RAS TN

Red Sox Release Eric Hosmer, would have been a better pickup than the 2 they did sign…

Scam likely

Is perdomo the 6-8 guy, nice strike out numbers

Wilbur Miller

So Barnhart gets two years at a lower AAV than Hedges. On the rare occasion when these guys spend money, they spend it stupidly.

RAS TN

Two years, there is and was zero chance of anyone getting a 2-year contract from Pirates…

pietraynee

I think the two years brings the AAV down though. Don’t think it makes a ton of sense for the Pirates to sign a catcher for two years at this point.

Wilbur Miller

I wouldn’t exactly be ecstatic to sign Barnhart, although I’d prefer him to Hedges. But I don’t see the two years as a problem. First off, there’s zero chance this team is going to go with two rookie or near-rookie catchers in 2024. Endy and Davis could come with ironclad guarantees that they’re going to turn into Johnny Bench and Carlton Fisk, and this FO and manager just wouldn’t do it. Second, he’d be tradeable. The catcher market is terrible, as Barnhart’s contract shows.

Zack

I don’t think there is such a thing as having “too many catchers”, just like pitchers. Pretty easy to offload a backup catcher if needed.

Wilbur Miller

And the price tag for Barnhart shows that the 29 major league teams would never tolerate the farce at the position that the Pirates did this year.

robertkasperski

Bernhardt may have wanted much more to come to the Bucs than he accepted from the Cubs.

joesolo6181

I guess these are the replacements for players lost in the minor league draft. I think they should have protected some of those players they lost.

robertkasperski

These guys were signed to try to have major league ready depth. The guys lost in the AAA draft were mostly not ready for the show.

leefieux

I assume Rob’s last name is pronounced exactly like it is spelled, correct?

Wilbur Miller

Not sure that helps.

leefieux

You’re quick today. 😎😎😎

mpg43952

Know him well, tall short guy, blond eyes, talks with a limp.

jeffw3000

I actually like Zastryzny. I always felt he might be a good lefty reliever. He has been especially good against lefties. Zamora never really impressed me a lot, and the other pitchers have all had a lot of control problems. I do not mind resigning Heineman as catcher depth. He did not do that bad, and he threw out 32% of base stealers. He will probably hit better than our starter as well.

Wilbur Miller

Funny, these are all minor league depth signings, but I don’t see much difference between these guys and most of the ostensible major leaguers they’ve signed.

PiratePrimate

Great pickups! You never can tell when a lefty will figure things out. It took Koufax 10 years. Maybe we get lucky with a couple bullpen arms. But it stills begs the question: Where’s the money, Bob?

AdministrativeSky236

Bullpens are very much so finding the hot hand for a year, so I am very down for the idea of getting a bunch of possibilities and seeing who has it this season

jon6er

Wow, a lot of quantity there, lol.

leefieux

Must have gotten them at a LHP sale at Walmart.

Scam likely

Welcome to nuttmart , have a nice day.

PiratePrimate

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