The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Holden Helmink to a minor league deal. He has a very unimpressive baseball resume in three years of pro ball after being signed out of San Jacinto College in the 12th round of the 2014 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched a total of 27.2 innings of Rookie ball in his two seasons with Arizona before being released. Helmink had 27 strikeouts, though that came with 21 walks and a 1.77 WHIP. In 2016, he pitched in independent ball and allowed 12 walks and eight runs in 6.2 innings over seven appearances.

Baseball America has this report on Helmink going into the 2012 draft:

"Helmink has a projectable frame and the makings of two plus future pitches, but he lacks the polish to get drafted early enough to sign him away from a...

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