Pittsburgh Pirates Announce Two Minor League Signings with Spring Training Invites

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Pittsburgh Pirates Announce Two Minor League Signings with Spring Training Invites
John Dreker

On Thursday evening, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have signed outfielder Todd Cunningham and right-handed pitcher Richard Rodriguez to minor league deals. Both players received invites to Major League Spring Training. We announced the Cunningham news here back on November 16th, with details of his signing in this link.

As for Rodriguez, the 27-year-old made his Major League debut this September with the Baltimore Orioles, throwing 5.2 innings over five relief appearances. He did not pitch well in his extremely limited time, allowing nine earned runs on 12 hits, including four home runs.

Rodriguez spent the better part of the season in Triple-A Norfolk, where he had a 2.42 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 80 strikeouts in 70.2 innings. He originally signed with the Houston Astros as...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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