Pirates Sign Buddy Borden

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed a familiar name as a minor league free agent today, adding right-handed pitcher Buddy Borden. He will start tonight for Bradenton. Borden was a 7th round draft pick in 2013, who was traded to Tampa Bay for Sean Rodriguez prior to last season.

The Rays moved Borden to relief and he made the Florida State League All-Star team, while also pitching a no-hitter in a spot start. This year, the 24-year-old was pitching in Double-A, where he had a 5.22 ERA in 29.1 innings out of the bullpen. He was recently pitching well, with two runs over his last nine innings, but the Rays released him last week.

In 2014 for West Virginia, Borden had a 3.16 ERA in 128 innings, with 122 strikeouts, a 1.18 WHIP and a .220 BAA.

  • Brewer to bullpen once he gets back from detention?

    • John Dreker
      June 27, 2016 6:01 pm

      Possibly, though I can’t imagine Borden will pitch too long in this game. His outings have been limited and he hasn’t pitched in two weeks. Probably 3-4 innings depending on his pitch count

  • YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • So, in the next day or 2, I’m thinking Frank goes on the DL with a “quad injury” and Glasnow gets called up for Saturday to pitch in Oakland.

  • Or we could send a bag of balls or Arky (about the same value, substitute Hughes if you like) to the Mariners for Adrian Sampson. He should be cheap since he is out for the year. Sadly we would not have both Sampson and Happ.

  • Ok now lets try this with Frankie. Trade him to Baltimore or Miami for a bag of balls then pick him back up next year after they DFA him.

  • What was the reason Rays released him?

    Unless he was blocking some other prospects this doesn’t make a ton of sense.

  • Lol I remember a lot of gnashing of teeth when we lost buddy

  • I love a free signing when somebody comes back and you still have the guy you traded him for awesome deal

  • Any news on Trey Supak or Keon Broxton being released any time soon?

    • John Dreker
      June 27, 2016 4:50 pm

      Broxton might be with the strikeout issues he has. He should have never been in the majors to start the year. We gave him a chance as an extra outfielder, saying he still had stuff to work on, but he was really bad at the end of Spring Training. Has 32 K’s in 60 AB’s for Brewers playing part-time. You don’t take someone with strikeout issues and move them to the bench, his power/speed/defense combo means he should be playing everyday in AAA

      • I always liked Broxton’s speed and defense. Hopefully he can figure it out. Might just be one of those later bloomers but if he blooms, I bet he’ll be really good.

      • Agree John, he is not ready and I liked the return we got in Jason Rogers. He is hitting around an .800 OPS at AAA, and I think he can contribute with some power for the Pirates. But, Freese has been so good, the Pirates cannot make any move. Supak is the mystery, and the Pirates do not usually give up someone so young. He is in Rookie League (SS) with only one start so far.

  • I was legitimately upset at the S Rod/Borden deal at the time. And now we have both. Kind of like the Snider deal, but the other way around. We get to keep everyone.

    • I watched him down at Pirate City in 2014 and liked him a lot. But, he is now 24 and seems to have hit the wall. A terrible Fall League last year and so far this year he has 21W/24K in29.1 innings in AA. It will be interesting to see what he is able to do.