Pirates Release John Holdzkom

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released right-handed pitcher John Holdzkom, who was designated for assignment on April 3rd when they set their Opening Day roster. We have seen multiple times this year that the Pirates have released a pitcher, only to re-sign him to a minor league deal. They did it with Casey Sadler, Guido Knudson and Angel Sanchez this off-season, and had the intentions to do it with Jesse Biddle as well, but the Atlanta Braves claimed him off waivers.

No word yet if the Pirates have intentions of doing the same thing with Holdzkom. When he was sent to minor league camp during Spring Training, he was listed on the injured roster. His velocity was well down during Spring Training this year, sitting 90-91 MPH.

UPDATE 7:03 PM: I just confirmed that Holdzkom cleared waivers, but the Pirates were unable to outright him to Triple-A because he’s not “healthy”. Thus, the release. I’d expect them to try and sign him back. -Tim Williams

  • I hope that they do re-sign him, that he solves whatever health/mechanics/velocity issues are bothering him, and that he comes back stronger and better than ever. The story of his rising from the Indie Leagues to being a lights-out reliever is one of the greatest, and one can only wish him all the best in re-discovering that magic, and hopefully for the Pirates!

  • Let’s hope he can work it out.

    Was there a corresponding move?

    • He wasn’t on any roster, so no reason to make a move. If he re-signs, it sounds like he will need time in Extended Spring Training

  • It’s been a tough 12 months for Mr. Holdzkom. He does gave lifetime medical if he never pitched again but he list a brother.