MIGUEL DEL POZO, LEFT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: October 14, 1992
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2010 (Marlins)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Early in his career, Del Pozo appeared to be more of an organizational pitcher. A good year in 2014, though, combined with increased velocity, got him on the prospect map. He missed 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, then pitched well enough in his rehab season to get added to the 40-man roster. Oddly, he had standard platoon splits before the surgery, but has had reverse splits since then. He throws a 95-mph fastball and also relies heavily on a curve. He occasionally throws a change. He hasn’t been consistently effective the last two years, but the Angels called him up in late 2019. They outrighted him after the season and the Pirates signed him to a minor league contract, with an invitation to major league spring training.
Del Pozo divided his time between starting and relieving in his debut. He had control problems but missed a good number of bats.
In the Gulf Coast League, Del Pozo pitched mostly in relief. He continued to put up high walk and K rates.
Except for a brief appearance in high A, Del Pozo pitched in relief in the New York-Penn League. He continued to walk a lot of hitters and he struck out even more.
Del Pozo pitched in relief in full season ball and made great strides with his control while maintaining a high K rate. He pitched much better than indicated by his ERA, which was inflated by a very bad first month. Baseball America rated him the Marlins’ 27th best prospect after the season.
In high A, Del Pozo pitched primarily in relief, but the Marlins moved him to the rotation at the end of June. Overall, he wasn’t as effective as the previous season. He started five times in his last six appearances, then went out with an injury at the end of July. He ultimately had Tommy John surgery.
Del Pozo missed the season following surgery.
Del Pozo worked his way back from the Tommy John surgery, generally pitching well. The Marlins added him to the 40-man roster after the season.
After missing the first two months due to injury, Del Pozo spent the rest of the season in the AA bullpen. He didn’t have good numbers overall, but that was mainly due to one bad outing in June in which he gave up eight earned runs in two-thirds of an inning. He allowed only seven earned runs in his other 27 games. The Marlins outrighted Del Pozo after the season; he became a free agent and signed a minor league deal with Texas.
The Rangers sent Del Pozo to AAA. He didn’t pitch well there, although some of that was the offensive explosion in the already high-octane Pacific Coast League, which had a 5.49 league ERA. In August, Texas sold Del Pozo to the Angels, who called him up shortly afterward. He struggled in his short time in the majors, although he at least maintained a good K rate.
Despite the high K rates, Del Pozo has looked promising only in relatively brief spurts. He should provide AAA depth for the Pirates, but another bullpen meltdown like they experienced in 2019 could provide him with a chance in the majors. If he does get added to the 40-man roster, he has two options left.
|2020: Minor league salary|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut: 8/20/19
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible: 2025
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 11/2/2017 (since removed)
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2018)
MLB Service Time: 0.043
|November 20, 2010: Signed as an international free agent by the Miami Marlins.
November 2, 2017: Contract purchased by the Miami Marlins.
October 26, 2018: Outrighted to AAA by the Miami Marlins.
November 2, 2018: Became a free agent.
December 19, 2018: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Texas Rangers.
August 9, 2019: Traded by the Texas Rangers to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations.
August 18, 2019: Called up by the Los Angeles Angels.
October 28, 2019: Outrighted to AAA by the Los Angeles Angels; refused assignment and became a free agent.
December 17, 2019: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.