The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed right-handed pitcher Nefi Ogando off waivers from the Miami Marlins. To make room on the 40-man roster, they have designated Jason Rogers for assignment.
Ogando has spent a total of 19.2 innings in the majors, with 15.2 of those innings in the Miami bullpen last year. He had a 2.30 ERA and a 4.40 xFIP, with an 8:8 K/BB ratio in that limited time. You can see the appeal of the 27-year-old reliever when you look at the velocity, which averaged 95 MPH and tops out at 98. Ogando pitched 24.1 innings in Triple-A, with a 3.33 ERA, a 7.0 K/9 and a 4.1 BB/9.
Ogando did miss some time in 2016 with a fractured rib on his right side, leading to only 40 innings on the season. I don't think the control issues can be blamed on the rib, since he's had those issu...
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