The Indianapolis Indians announced that 28-year-old infielder Darnell Sweeney has been signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates and he will report to Indianapolis.
Sweeney has been a free agent since the end of 2018. He has played parts of two season in the majors, seeing time with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015 and the Toronto Blue Jays last year. In 39 Major League games, he has a .172/.294/.345 slash line. He has stolen 158 bases during his minor league career and has reached double digits in homers four times.
Indianapolis is down two infielders with injuries to Ke’Bryan Hayes and Pablo Reyes. Sweeney has seen plenty of time at second base, shortstop, third base and center field over the years, while also playing both corner outfield spots. The 2012 13th round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers will likely move around with Indianapolis as well, providing solid depth with big league experience.
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.