Yesterday we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to add pitching, and that the 25-man roster wasn’t set. Today, MLBTR reports that the Pirates have signed right handed pitcher Tim Wood, who was recently released by the Washington Nationals.
Wood has pitched two seasons in the majors, both with the Florida Marlins. In 2009 he pitched 22.1 innings, with a 2.82 ERA. Last year he didn’t have the same success, with a 5.53 ERA in 27.2 innings. He didn’t do much with his secondary numbers, with a 4.9 BB/9 ratio, and only a 3.3 K/9 ratio.
It’s unknown if Wood is just in on a minor league deal, or if he will make the 25-man roster. It would seem strange to have him on the 25-man roster, as someone like Michael Crotta could match his production, and probably has more upside. Despite being a right hander, Wood is strong against left handers, with a .712 career OPS, compared to an .839 OPS against right handers. Washington signed him as a free agent on November 12th, 2010.
UPDATE 11:12 AM: More on Wood…he was the #17 prospect in the Florida Marlins’ system prior to the 2009 season. Baseball America reported at the time that he had a mid-90s fastball, which touched 97. Last year he averaged a 92.8 MPH fastball. In his career at AAA, he has a 4.02 ERA in 53.2 innings, along with an 8.2 K/9 and a 3.5 BB/9 ratio, which are much better numbers than he’s put up in the majors. Coincidentally, the Marlins’ system in 2009 also included Chris Leroux (#16) and Aaron Thompson (#13), both of which are currently in the Pirates’ system.