The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 22-year-old pitcher Deivy Mendez as a minor league free agent after he was let go by the Tampa Bays Rays in late May. Mendez can sit 96-98 MPH and flash three plus pitches at times, which has led to 254 strikeouts in 212.2 innings since he was signed as an international amateur free agent on July 2, 2012. The problem is that he also has 147 walks during that time and the control hasn't been any better for him recently.

As a minor league free agent signing, there's no risk here, and he took the roster spot that was already open on the Bradenton roster. The Pirates would control his minor league rights until the end of next year.

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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.