The Pittsburgh Pirates released four low level minor league players late last week. Here’s the list of players and a brief summary for each one:
Mariano Dotel, 22-year-old infielder who was injured during the 2021 season, so his last playing time came in 2019 with Bristol. In two seasons, he hit .220/.269/.288 in 63 games.
Antonio Gonzalez, 22-year-old right-handed pitcher, his only experience came in the DSL in 2019, when he had a 2.11 ERA in 38.1 innings, with a 27:42 BB/SO ratio and a 1.49 WHIP. He was injured during the entire 2021 season.
Francisco Hodge, 21-year-old lefty, who almost missed the entire 2021 season due to injury. He had solid results in two seasons in the DSL, posting a 2.16 ERA in 91.2 innings, with a 42:85 BB/SO ratio and a 1.29 WHIP.
Angel Suero, the only signing of significance here, receiving a six-figure signing bonus in July of 2016. He had a crazy start to his career, getting hurt right before the 2017 season started, which wasn’t a significant injury, but he never pitched that year because he had zero control after getting hurt. His time was limited to bullpen work. While he had a decent strikeout rate during his three seasons in the minors, he had poor results, with a 5.74 ERA in 53.1 innings, with a 1.80 WHIP and a 41:60 BB/SO ratio. He pitched just three times in 2021 before finishing the year on the injured list.
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