Pirates Prospects has learned that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitchers Tyler Jones and Bo Schultz to minor league deals on Friday.
Schultz is a 32-year-old with parts of three seasons in the majors. He had Tommy John surgery at the end of March, so he likely won't be ready for Opening Day this year. Schultz has a 4.54 ERA in 51 appearances in the big leagues, with a 1.19 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 67.1 innings. He is a ground ball pitcher, posting a 1.87 GO/AO ratio over his eight seasons in the minors. He primarily works as a sinker ball pitcher and had his velocity up to mid-to-high 90s in his last few seasons after working low-90s as a starter in the minors.
Jones is 28-years-old who spent this past season in Triple-A with the New York Yankees. It was his first...
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