The Pirates Agree to Minor League Deal with RHP Tyler Chatwood

According to Robert Murray, the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a minor league deal with free agent right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood. The 33-year-old has ten seasons of big league experience. He spent the 2022 season playing in Japan.

Chatwood only pitched six games in Japan in 2022. It was announced in June that he had shoulder surgery, with an estimated return time of 6-8 months. That should mean that he will be ready by the time Spring Training starts, assuming there are no setbacks.

He played for the Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants during the 2021 season, while also seeing some minor league time. He had a 5.63 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 32 innings over 32 relief appearances, while picking up 38 strikeouts. He was a starter during the shortened 2020 season, though two stints on the injured list limited him to five starts.

In his career, Chatwood has made 143 starts and 86 relief appearances. He has a 52-60, 4.45 record in 878.2 innings, with a 4.62 FIP, a 1.51 WHIP and 660 strikeouts — averaging 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings. More than half of his big league time came while he was a member of the Colorado Rockies. He has a 5.19 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP at Coors Field.

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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