YUNIOR THIBO, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: June 24, 1998
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Thibo was 21 when he signed. He throws 94-97 mph and also throws a curve. His size gives him some projection.
After losing his first pro season to the pandemic, Thibo started his career in the FCL. He mostly had a rough time, with opponents hitting 283/371/500 against him.
Thibo spent the season with Bradenton and made significant progress from 2021. That isn’t to say he did well overall; he did in stretches, but also had some bad spells, which resulted in ERAs over 7.00 in June and August. The Pirates tried to employ Thibo as a late-inning reliever, but his control got in the way a number of times. He also had trouble with left-handed hitters, who put up a .923 OPS against him. Right-handed hitters managed only .533.
Thibo will turn 25 during the 2023 season, but he has a good arm and hopefully will keep improving as he did in 2022.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2020
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2026
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|October 15, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.