The Texas Rangers announced on Friday afternoon that they have claimed right-handed pitcher Nick Mears from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates designated the 26-year-old Mears for assignment when they acquired Connor Joe in a trade on Sunday.
Mears was originally a non-drafted free agent signing, who rocketed through the minors. He made his debut with the Pirates in 2020, after throwing 50.2 innings during the 2018-19 seasons. He struggled a bit as a rookie in 2021, posting a 5.01 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts in 23.1 innings over 30 games.
Mears started 2022 on the injured list, then had a setback during his rehab time. His season was limited to 32 innings total, including two scoreless appearances with the Pirates.
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.