OSVALDO BIDO, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: October 18, 1995
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2017, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Bido was similar to some other signings the Pirates have made in recent years in Latin America: an older pitcher with good velocity, in his case a fastball that reached 95 mph at the time. He now throws 93-96 and adds a cutter. Given his lean build, he probably still has some projection left. He throws a cutter, slider and change, but lacks a swing-and-miss secondary pitch. The cutter probably has the best chance of developing into one.
Bido pitched mostly out of the rotation in the DSL and had a rough time. The main problem was poor control. He made slow progress during the season, with his opponents’ OPS month by month going from .803 to .770 to .736.
The Pirates evidently thought Bido made enough progress as they invited him to fall instructional league, then assigned him to Morgantown, where he pitched in the rotation all season. He had some ups and downs, but except for one bad outing he pitched very well after July 1. In his last ten starts, he had an ERA of 2.95, and outside of the one bad start, it was 2.15. Overall, he showed good control, but didn’t miss a great many bats. He had a reverse platoon split, with an opponents’ OPS of .606 against left-handed hitters and .766 against right-handed hitters.
Bido continued to make progress, consistently pitching well into games for Greensboro. He went at least six innings in half of his 20 starts there, failed to go five just twice, and never failed to go four. The Pirates moved him up to Bradenton at the end of July and he lasted seven, then seven and a third, in his first two starts before the Pirates cut back on his pitch count. He still exceeded the previous season’s innings total by 80%. He was still somewhat erratic, posting an ERA of 0.91 in April and 6.46 in May. As the K rates show, Bido didn’t dominate; in fact, his xFIP at Bradenton was just 4.06. He had only a slight platoon split.
Bido obviously is maturing late; he’ll turn 24 well before the 2020 season starts. He still looks, though, like he could get stronger. He should reach Altoona at some point in 2020, possibly even to start the year.
|2020: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2020
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|March 14, 2017: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.