The Pittsburgh Pirates signed left handed pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma to a minor league contract today. Ledezma, who turns 29 in January, has spent parts of seven seasons in the majors, with a career 5.17 ERA, a 6.2 K/9 ratio, and a 4.4 BB/9 ratio. Ledezma isn’t much of a LOOGY, with a career .292 BAA versus left handers in the majors, compared to a .274 BAA versus right handers.
Ledezma had a 4.17 ERA in 58.1 innings in 2008, although he was lucky, with a 1.58 WHIP, thanks to a 6.3 BB/9 ratio. Ledezma has good numbers in his career at AAA, with a 3.82 ERA in 158 innings, with a 8.4 K/9, and 3.8 BB/9. However, he hasn’t transformed that success over to the majors. Ledezma will get a chance to make the Pirates next year with an invite to the Major League portion of Spring Training.
The Pirates also signed eight players out of Latin America. Those players are Maximo Rivera (SS), Ramses Pena (SS), Luis Urena (OF), Arquimedes Lorenzo (RHP), Cristopher DeLeon (RHP), Luis Alfonzo Valdez (RHP), Darlin Alduey (LHP), and Aneudy Merejo (RHP). All will be assigned to the Dominican Summer League next season.
Jennifer Langosch provided a list of the Pirates’ international signings in 2009, which is now up to 43 players with the moves today. I’ve been tracking all of the signings that have been announced since the July 2nd signing period began.