JOSE REGALADO, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: November 19, 1991
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2011, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Regalado was already 19 when he signed. He’s developed very good control, but doesn’t miss a lot of bats.
Regalado pitched only briefly in his debut.
Regalado pitched mostly as a starter. His control was good, but opponents hit .274 against him.
Regalado had a strong season over 14 starts. Opponents hit .227 against him and he walked almost nobody.
Given his age and experience, the Pirates moved Regalado up to Jamestown, where he pitched in relief except for one start. He didn’t pitch well, as even his control slipped. He had a reverse platoon split, with right-handed hitters pounding him for a .981 OPS.
Regalado spent the season with West Virginia and made significant progress over the previous year. He opened the season in the rotation, but moved to the bullpen after a month. He was more effective as a reliever, with a 3.34 ERA out of the bullpen and 5.00 as a starter. Of course, that may in part have resulted from all of his starts coming shortly after he reached the level. Overall, he walked very few hitters while increasing his K rate substantially. He held hitters to a 235/287/399. As the slugging average shows, when he got hit he sometimes got hit hard; he allowed a HR nearly once every seven innings. He had a big platoon split, with a .799 opponents’ OPS by left-handed hitters and .594 by right-handed hitters.
The Pirates didn’t assign Regalado to a team until late April, when he went to Bradenton. For two months he pitched mainly out of the bullpen, but also made four spot starts. He left the last one, at the end of June, after two innings and went on the disabled list with an unknown injury. He returned to the Marauders a little over a month later, after a brief rehab in the GCL, and pitched in relief the rest of the year. Other than bad outings in two of his first three games, resulting in over half (8 of 15) of the earned runs he allowed all year, Regalado pitched well, although he was helped by a low, .243 BABIP. He had trouble with left-handed hitters, who batted 273/340/398 against him, while right-handed hitters batted only 178/274/290.
Because it took him so long to get out of the DSL, Regalado will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft after the 2016 season and for minor league free agency after the 2017 season. If the Pirates think they need to find out anything about him, he’ll probably see time at Altoona.
|2017: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|April 18, 2011: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.