Brayan Almonte

Born: October 9, 1991
Height: 6′ 7″
Weight: 188
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2010
How Acquired: Int. FA
Birthplace: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A


The Pirates no doubt consider Almonte projectable given his height, which is rare for a Dominican player.  He’s had significant control problems so far.

DSL:  3-1-0, 5.18 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 24.1 IP, 9.6 BB/9, 5.9 K.9

Didn’t allow many hits in his debut season, but walked more than a batter an inning.

DSL:  0-0-0, 7.94 ERA, 2.47 WHIP, 5.2 IP, 12.7 BB/9, 7.9 K/9
R:  0-0-0, 12.46 ERA, 2.60 WHIP, 17.1 IP, 11.4 BB/9, 5.7 K/9

Despite his problems in 2010, Almonte moved up to the GCL in 2011.  Before appearing there, however, he pitched a few games in the DSL, which starts play before the GCL.  The Pirates did that with several other pitchers as well, probably because age/identity investigations are taking much longer in the Dominican.  That prevented the Pirates from getting most of their new signees on the field until late in the DSL season.  Once he got to the GCL, Almonte continued to walk hitters in droves.  He also threw seven wild pitches.

DSL:  2-1-0, 5.40 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 18.1 IP, 10.3 BB/9, 4.9 K/9

The Pirates took the unusual step of sending Almonte back to the DSL.  He doesn’t appear to have made much progress in harnessing his control problems.

Control problems have been common among the Pirates’ young pitching prospects in the last few years, especially Latin American prospects, as they seem to be emphasizing stuff, or at least projectability.  This is a higher risk approach than that of the previous regime, which emphasized pitchers who were ready to pitch effectively right away.  That approach mostly produced mediocre finesse pitchers who seldom got very far.  Almonte so far appears to be a risk who’s not panning out at all.

Baseball Reference — Minors
2012: Minor League Contract
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2016
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2013
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
April 26, 2010: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.