Pirates Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Josh Outman

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 31-year-old left-handed pitcher Josh Outman, who has spent parts of six seasons in the majors. Outman has a career 4.43 ERA in 274.1 innings, making 32 starts and 129 relief appearances. He last pitched in the majors in 2014, pitching 40 games in relief split between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. That year, Outman had a 2.86 ERA in 28.1 innings, being used mainly as a lefty specialist. He held left-handed hitters to a .169 average in 2014 and they have batted .186 against him during his career.

He spent the 2015 season pitching in the minors for the Braves, spending the first three months of the season on the disabled list with left shoulder discomfort. This year, Outman was pitching for the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League, where he had a 4.23 ERA in 14 starts, with 23 walks and 55 strikeouts in 85 innings. He will report to Indianapolis.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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William R. Maloni Sr

Don’t look now but Bell singled on his first big league pitch from Arrietta and scored later.

Start him at First on Saturday night against Lester!!!

Kris Mosley

That won’t happen… Kang at 3rd, Freese at 1st.


Great name for a pitcher, although it doesn’t sound like this guy gets many outs. Knowing the FO and its decisions of late, this guy will be called up soon….he’s an old retread – they like those types over their own prospects……

Zach H

Very true. It’s not like we’ve seen six top 30 prospects make their debuts in the past month or anything like that.

Alan Saunders

The only thing I know about this guy is that he wears awesome stirrups.


Haha haaahaha bwhaaa!!!
Sorry. Was just thinking Ill never get those 10 seconds back.


Left-handed pitchers, not diamonds, are forever . . .

William R. Maloni Sr

Including the southpaw law firm of Lobstein, Locke, and Luebke???


…and Liriano.


If nothing else, he has a great pitching name.

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