The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of two minor league free agents, right-handed pitcher Cody Eppley and catcher Nevin Ashley. Both were signed to minor league contracts and received non-roster invitations to Spring Training.

Cody Eppley is 28 years old, 6'5" righty with major league experience each of the last three years. He fits the Pirates mold of ground ball pitchers, posting a GO/AO ratio above 2.50 in each of his last five seasons in pro ball. He is strictly a reliever, making every appearance as a pro out of the bullpen. Eppley was a 43rd round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in 2008 out of VCU, so he really defied the odds of making it to the pros.

In 71 big league appearances, he has a 4.61 ERA in 56.2 innings, with 39 strikeouts and a 1.47 WHIP. This past se...

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