Pirates Sign Two Minor League Pitchers, Both With Invites to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have just announced the signings of two pitchers, LHP Charlie Leesman and RHP Wilfredo Boscan. As indicated in the tweet below, both are minor league deals and both have been invited to Major League camp for Spring Training.

Leesman is a 27-year-old lefty, who has spent parts of each of the last two seasons with the Chicago White Sox. In nine big league games, two as a starter, he has a 9.00 ERA over 18 innings. During his minor league career, he has been an extreme ground ball pitcher, posting a 2.00 GO/AO ratio. His strikeout rate hasn’t been the best throughout his career, but in 2014, he had 70 K’s in 71.2 innings. In the minors, 139 of his 143 appearances have been as a starter.

Boscan has pitched eight seasons in the minors, splitting this past year between the AA and AAA clubs of the Boston Red Sox. The 25-year-old righty has pitched mainly as a starter over his career, though the past two seasons he has pitched mostly out of the bullpen. He has a 4.13 career ERA over 762.2 innings. His ERA in two AAA stints is 6.17 in 46.2 innings. Boscan has averaged 6.8 SO/9IP over his career.

  • How long has this article been up? No complaints about dumpster diving?

    • It happened right between the Jung-Ho Kang news and the Spring Training invites article, so it sort of got lost. Leesman looks like an interesting signing possibly since he is a lefty starter with MLB experience. They are both minor league signings so there is no downside to signing them. If they don’t make it, no harm, no foul.

    • I would say maybe most people realize the team increasing payroll to nearly 100 million shows clearly they arent dumpster diving for ML talent this offseason, but its PIT so i know better. Just cant have a few minor league signings without someone rolling out the rhetoric.