Pirates Re-Sign Donald Veal

The Pirates have re-signed Veal to a minor league contract.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed Donald Veal to a minor league contract, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.  Veal was non-tendered two weeks ago, but the Pirates were said to be trying to bring him back.

Veal went down early in the 2010 season with Tommy John surgery, and probably won’t return until June 2011.  Had the Pirates tendered him a contract, he would have had to start the season on the disabled list, making a Major League salary, while accumulating service time.

It’s good that the Pirates brought Veal back, as they spent a lot of time on him over the last two years.  He’s a talented left hander with a mid-90s fastball.  His biggest issue has been a lack of control, although he was showing improvements in that area in 2010.  The Indianapolis rotation should be full to start the 2011 season, with Brad Lincoln, Rudy Owens, Bryan Morris, Jeff Locke, and Justin Wilson expected to open the year as starters.  One of those options should be in the majors by the time Veal returns, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him used as a starter in AAA once he returns.

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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.

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