The Pittsburgh Pirates announced six minor league signings on Thursday morning. They are LHP Rob Zastryzny, LHP Angel Perdomo, LHP Daniel Zamora, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Nathan Webb, and catcher Tyler Heineman. All six players received Spring Training invites.
Just two of these deals were unknown. We announced the Daniel Zamora signing two weeks ago. The Heineman news was broken the day after Zamora. Chatwood was reported yesterday by Robert Murray, while Webb actually signed just over a month ago. The new players are Perdomo and Zastryzny.
Perdomo is 28 years old, with two partial seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers (2020-21) to his credited. His big league time shows an 8.24 ERA, a 6.43 FIP and a 1.93 WHIP in 19.2 innings, despite an incredible total of 33 strikeouts.
His 2022 season was split between minor league time with the Brewers, as well as a stint in Triple-A with the Tampa Bay Rays. He had a 1.85 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP in 34 innings total, with 56 strikeouts. He allowed three runs over six innings in seven appearances during this winter in the Dominican.
Zastryzny has pitched parts of four seasons in the majors, which has amounted to 38.2 innings over 24 appearances. He played for the 2016-18 Chicago Cubs, while seeing brief time this past season with the Los Angeles Angels and New York Mets.
Zastryzny posted a 3.42 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 68 strikeouts in 55.2 innings at Triple-A in 2022, spending part of the season in the high-offense of Salt Lake City. His big league time amounted to four innings over six appearances. He has a career 4.66 ERA, 3.61 FIP, 1.47 WHIP and 34 strikeouts. He will be 31 years old on Opening Day.
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