Dario Agrazal Sent Outright to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Friday afternoon that right-handed pitcher Dario Agrazal has cleared waiver and he’s been sent outright to Indianapolis. Agrazal was designated for assignment last week when the Pirates picked up right-handed pitcher Aaron Slegers off of waivers from the Minnesota Twins. Agrazal has been given a non-roster invite to Spring Training.

Agrazal has dealt with injuries since receiving a promotion to Altoona in 2017. In his first Double-A start, he strained a right pectoral muscle, which ended his season. During this past season, he dealt with a forearm strain early on, then while pitching in the Arizona Fall League, he suffered a back injury that ended his fall season after just five innings.

Prior to his promotion in 2017, Agrazal was sitting mid-90s with his fastball, displaying above average control, along with an improved breaking ball, a strong changeup and an increased strikeout rate. During his lone AFL start, Agrazal was sitting high 80s with his fastball, showing a drop of approximately 5-6 MPH off his peak velocity.

The Pirates have one more season before he reaches minor league free agency.

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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