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Minor Moves: Pirates Sign Right-Handed Pitcher Holden Helmink to Minor League Deal

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Minor Moves: Pirates Sign Right-Handed Pitcher Holden Helmink to Minor League Deal
John Dreker

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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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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