Bear Bellomy

Born: November 29, 1996
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 28th Round, 884th Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
College: Wright State University


Bellomy didn’t join the rotation at Wright State until his senior year, but performed well when he did, going 9-3, 3.57 in 15 starts.  For reference, the team’s ERA was 4.31 and their opponents had a 7.92 mark.  Bellomy didn’t miss a lot of bats, striking out 74 in 95.2 IP, but he walked only 21.  His fastball sits in the low-90s, and he also throws a curve and change.  He pitched sparingly his first two years, then mostly in relief as a junior, with a 7.34 ERA.  As a senior, Bellomy signed a week after the draft.

R+:  0-0-2, 0.82 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 11.0 IP, 0.8 BB/9, 13.9 K/9
A-:  1-1-2, 3.86 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 30.1 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 6.8 K/9

The Pirates initially sent Bellomy to Bristol, where he pitched in relief.  He dominated there and they moved him up to West Virginia, where he pitched in relief at first and then made five starts.  His strikeout rate dropped sharply as a starter, and opponents batted .280 against him as a starter and .233 in relief.  He was not a groundball pitcher in either role.

Bellomy was more effective as a reliever, but the Pirates tended, under the prior front office, to typecast players and his physique fit their model for a starting pitcher.  The new regime may see things differently.

2020: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus:
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 5, 2019: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 28th round, 884th overall pick; signed on June 13.