The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of six minor league free agents, via a team press release. The six players are right-handed pitchers Brooks Brown, Erik Cordier, David Bromberg, and Luis Sanz, outfielder Felix Pie, and infielder Alex Valdez. All are minor league deals, and from that group, Brown, Cordier, and Pie received invites to Spring Training. We already heard about the signing of Felix Pie the other day. Here is some information on the other players.
Brooks Brown - The 27-year-old made it to Triple-A for the first time last year in Detroit's farm system. He had a 4.90 ERA in 112 innings, mostly as a starter, with a 6.5 K/9 and a 4.7 BB/9 ratio. Brown throws an 88-92 MPH sinkerball, and a big breaking slider which can be a plus pitch at times. His changeup has been fringy, and despite working as a starter for most of his career, he's probably better suited as a bullpen arm with the sinker/slider combo.
Erik Cordier - He's spent parts of three seasons in Tri...
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