The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitchers Collin Balester, Jake Brigham, Jay Jackson, Josh Kinney and Seth McClung to minor league contracts. Brigham, Jackson, and Kinney will be non-roster invitees for the Major League portion of Spring Training. Information on each player is below.
Jake Brigham - He turns 26 in February, and hasn't pitched in the majors yet. Brigham spent the 2013 season in the Rangers' farm system, with a 4.51 ERA in 113.2 innings in Triple-A. Baseball America rated him as one of the Rangers' top 30 prospects in 2009 and 2010. He throws a 94-97 MPH fastball and a mid-80s slider that acts like a cutter. That's an interesting combo that could make Brigham a candidate to help the Pirates as relief pitching depth.
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