The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Orsen Josephina as a non-drafted free agent. The 23-year-old started baseball late in his home country of Curacao, but he went to school in the U.S. and was eligible for the amateur draft.
Josephina attended Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida for two seasons before transferring to Palm Beach Atlantic University for the last two years. He was a starter in 2017 at Hillsborough and part of 2018 at Palm Beach, then he moved to the bullpen full-time this year as a senior. He had a 2.23 ERA in 40.1 innings, with 11 walks, 54 strikeouts and a .189 BAA in 2019. He also played summer ball, where he served as a closer for the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League in 2017 and started for the team in 2018.
The scouting report on the 6’2″, right-hander says that he throws a fastball in the low-90s, with a slider as his out pitch against right-handed batters and a changeup for his out pitch against lefties. He also throws a curveball.
It’s not the best video, but here he is in action from this year.