P2Daily: Osvaldo Bido Shoring Up Control Down The Stretch

Osvaldo Bido isn’t a name that you are going to find on any prospect list, but if the Pirates are looking for another player to eat up some innings as the season winds down, the righty is playing himself into position to be an option.

At 26-year-old, Bido isn’t much of a prospect anymore, but he has been a workhorse within the Pirates system over the years. With six more innings, Bido will top 100 innings pitched for the third straight minor league season.

He entered the season as a long shot option to get a call for the majors, and didn’t help his case early on with his control issues. Through July, Bido walked 45 batters in 67 2/3 innings, nearly six per nine innings pitched.

Since August, Bido has just walked 10 batters in 26 2/3 innings pitched. That’s helped him post a 2.02 ERA in that span, and he also has 29 strikeouts. He’s never struck out more batters than innings pitched, but after his latest run he has 97 in 94 1/3 innings.

Saturday Bido carried a perfect game into the fourth inning, and didn’t have the no-hitter broken up until the sixth frame. In total, Bido pitched six one-hit, shutout innings, walking one and striking out seven batters.

Quinn Priester

Watching Quinn Priester pitch on Saturday took me immediately back to an article Tim Williams wrote where he mentioned how he liked the pitcher as a prospect more for his mentality over his stuff.

He also talked about how Priester was like Jameson Taillon in how he split the analytical and scouting crowds.

I think his most recent start kind of plays to all that. Priester may never put up the traditional numbers that you want to see out of top prospects, and going into the season you saw that impact his prospect status among some outlets.

You can’t deny the results he’s been getting, as Priester picked up another win after going six innings, allowing three hits and one run while walking one and striking out four. This isn’t saying that he doesn’t have the ability to strike hitters out, he had six over three innings his last time out, but it doesn’t appear a part of his game he’s going to really thrive at.

What he can do is get hitters out, and keep the ball on the ground. The first five outs that Priester collected were by groundouts.

It isn’t always going to be pretty, but you will never complain about the end results.

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jimmyz

Bido is one of the guys that I would only know and subsequently have an irrational attachment/interest in his development due to the extensive coverage of the Pirates organization from this site. So thank you to all who are, and have in the past, worked for Pirates Prospects.

I remember Bido putting up insane bottom line numbers in the DSL years ago which always made me root for him, similar to Francisco Acuna and Jose Osuna’s winter league dominance. I always knew that a big part of Bido’s DSL dominance was due to being a late signing and therefore a bit older than his competition combined with having decent breaking and offspeed stuff that typically eats younger hitters up. That’s why I’m excited and happy for him to be knocking on the door of a MLB roster spot. Truly seems like the type of guy who will never be given anything and have to work for whatever he accomplishes. Love to root for guys like that regardless if they only end up as marginal pieces to a big league roster instead of primary contributors.

emjayinTN

Bido was truly looking like a throwaway as soon as something better came along, but he has really cleaned it up the past few months. That latest outing was something we come to expect out of our top pitching prospects. Love to see him not give up on himself, and he could probably help the Pirates with a spot start or a piggyback start at the MLB level.

Rated our #41 Prospect in the 10th Anniversary Edition, he rated a 60 for his FB and solid 50’s for everything else. Still only in his 5th year after a late start at age 21 as an IFA. Too good of an arm to just toss on the scrap heap. The velocity after 2019 was mid-90’s, up to 97 in spots. Could the velo increase if used in short bursts?

Timbertopper

Good article. Not to be “that guy” but in the headline, didn’t you mean “Shoring Up” instead of “Suring Up?”

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