BRIAN SOUSA, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: August 7, 1997
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2014, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Sousa was one of the Pirates’ more prominent international signings in 2014. He’s gotten his fastball up to 93 mph and has done well in winter ball in Panama, despite being very young.
Sousa was plagued by shoulder problems in his debut season. He pitched in only five games, four starts, and hurt his shoulder in two of them. The Pirates shut him down for good in early July. The ERA is obviously misleading, as he walked more than he struck out and nine of the 15 runs he allowed were unearned.
Despite the health issues in 2015, the Pirates brought Sousa to camp. He started four games in the GCL and relieved in seven. He pitched well initially, but control problems eventually weighed him down. The ERA is a little misleading because he allowed ten unearned runs.
At least Sousa stayed healthy in 2016. There’s a good chance he’ll go to Bristol in 2017.
|2017: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $160,000
MiLB Debut: 2015
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2019
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 2, 2014: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.