Brennan Malone

Born: September 8, 2000
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Supp. 1st Round, 33rd Overall, 2019 (Diamondbacks)
How Acquired: Trade (from Diamondbacks for Starling Marte)
High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
Agent: N/A


Malone was considered to have one of the highest ceilings among the pitchers in the 2019 draft. Some evaluators expected him to go in the middle of the first round, but he lasted until the supplemental first round. His fastball at draft time sat in the low-90s and reached 96-97. He also throws a slider, curve and change. Until his senior year, scouts found his breaking pitches disappointing, but according to Baseball America he made progress with both. His change also has potential. Malone has an easy arm motion but his command so far has been inconsistent. The Pirates acquired him and Liover Peguero for Starling Marte.

R: 1-2-0, 5.14 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 7.0 IP, 6.4 BB/9, 9.0 K/9
A-: 0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 1.0 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9

Malone had a brief debut, throwing nine innings in rookie ball and another one in the Northwest League.  BA rated him ninth in a very strong Arizona system.

Like any prep pitcher, Malone will be something of a project. He’ll be an early test of the new front office’s efforts to revamp the Pirates’ unsuccessful development processes. It’s possible Malone could end up at Greensboro at some point in 2020.

2020: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus: $2,202,200
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 3, 2019: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the supplemental 1st round, 33rd overall pick; signed on June 11.
January 27, 2020: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks with Liover Peguero and $250,000 in international slot space to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Starling Marte and $1,500,000 cash.