Pirates sign Wilfredo Ledezma and international free agents

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 Off-Season Tracker is updated with the signing.

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.

Share This Article

Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

BUCCO Fans has gone mobile

Next Story »

Robinzon Diaz released, Jeff Karstens and Justin Thomas to AAA

Latest Analysis

  • Jose Tabata

    The Details of Jose Tabata’s New Swing

    1 day ago

    On Friday I wrote about how Jose Tabata talked to Marlon Byrd over the off-season, aimed at changing his swing to add some leverage, lift the ball, ...

    Read More
  • (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    What Led to Keon Broxton’s Breakout Year in Altoona?

    2 days ago

    Keon Broxton used to be one of the top prospects in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system. Baseball America ranked him as high as tenth in the system ...

    Read More
  • Adrian Sampson

    Don’t Forget About This Pitcher When Creating Your Pirates Dream Rotation

    3 days ago

    If you’re setting up a dream rotation for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the not-too-distant future, then you’re going to be throwing out names like Tyler Glasnow, Gerrit ...

    Read More
  • (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    Jose Tabata Changed His Swing After Talking With Marlon Byrd

    4 days ago

    Yesterday, Jose Tabata put one on the roof of the batting cages over the left-field fence at Pirate City. Today, he added two more. By that pattern, ...

    Read More
  • Antonio Bastardo

    How Ray Searage is Trying to Fix Antonio Bastardo’s Control Issues

    4 days ago

    Tony Watson has established himself as one of the best left-handed relievers in the game. Out of 142 qualified relievers last year, he ranked 21st in WAR, ...

    Read More
  • (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    Q&A: Will PNC Park Burn Down When Neil Walker Eventually Leaves?

    4 days ago

    Last week we started a Q&A article that will run every Friday. Right after the first article went up, we got a lot more questions. Normally I’ll ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles