ANDY MALDONADO, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: April 25, 1999
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Maldonado signed at age 19 for a moderate bonus. He’s reached 95 mph and has some projection. He also has a good curve.
The Pirates kept Maldonado in the rotation through a dozen starts despite some brutal control problems. That shows at least that they considered him to have some potential.
Maldonado got suspended for PED use after the 2019 season. Although he wouldn’t have been able to play anyway, due to the pandemic, missing the season apparently satisfied the suspension.
Maldonado had a strong season in the FCL, mostly as a starter. Control was a problem, but thanks largely to his breaking ball he missed a great many bats. Opponents batted .190 against him. His walk and K rates both improved steadily through the season.
Maldonado’s season got cut short quickly. He struggled through four games in the FCL, then went out for the season with an injury.
Maldonado has a good arm, but 2022 was a setback. He’s eligible for Rule 5 for the second time, not that there’s any chance of him being selected.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $170,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 21, 2018: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.