Pirates Prospects has learned that the Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler and catcher Jin-De Jhang to minor league contracts.
Sadler returned this season from Tommy John surgery, which had him out since June of 2015. He split his 2017 season between the top three levels of the farm system, combining for a 4.00 ERA in seven starts and 19 relief appearances. On August 24th while with Altoona, he allowed just one run over nine innings against division rival Bowie. Sadler struggled with a 6.38 ERA in Indianapolis, but he pitched just 18.1 innings there and finished the season strong, while also showing improved velocity. He hit 96 MPH late in the season, which is higher than before his Tommy John surgery. He should provide depth at Indianapolis next season, ...
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