Alessandro Ercolani

Born: April 20, 2004
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2021, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: San Marino
Agent: N/A

The Pirates signed Ercolani during spring training of 2021.  He comes from San Marino, a country of just a little over 30,000 people.  He’s had success playing in Italy and for the Italian national under-15 team.  The Pirates were interested in him for a couple years but had to wait until he was old enough to sign.  He appears to have gotten at least a moderate bonus, but the amount isn’t known.  Ercolani throws 86-91 mph and probably can increase that as he gets older.  He also throws a curve and change that show promise.  The Pirates sent him initially to the Florida Complex League, which figured to be a fairly challenging assignment.

R:  2-3-0, 5.40 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 18.1 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 9.8 K/9

Ercolani made ten relief appearances in the FCL.  He was outstanding at first, giving up just two earned runs and fanning 14 in his first 12 innings.  He allowed nine earned runs over his last six and a third innings.

R:  1-0-1, 1.19 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 30.1 IP, 5.9 BB/9, 11.6 K/9

Maybe a little surprisingly, the Pirates put Ercolani in the FCL rotation for 2022.  He had an excellent season, holding opponents to a .185 average and allowing only four extra-base hits, all doubles.  He missed a lot of bats, but did have trouble with walks.  Ercolani finished the season with a dozen shutout innings, including 17 strikeouts.

Ercolani had an outstanding 2022 season and he’s a big-framed guy who could get a lot stronger.  He should be in the Bradenton rotation in 2023.

2023: Minor League Contract
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2027
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2025
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
March 24, 2021: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.