DANIEL ZAMORA, LEFT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: April 15, 1993
Drafted: 40th Round, 1207th Overall, 2015
How Acquired: Draft
College: SUNY Stony Brook (NY)
WTM’S PLAYER PROFILE
|A 40th-round draft pick by the Pirates back in 2015, Zamora reached the majors after being traded to the Mets. Now he’s back with the Pirates. When they picked him, he was a draft-eligible sophomore who redshirted due to a torn labrum that cost him the entire 2014 collegiate season. In 2015, he made 13 starts and two relief appearances, pitching a total of 81 innings. He had a 3.00 ERA and a 35:80 BB/SO ratio, to go along with a .251 BAA. As a freshman before his injury, he made 15 starts and had a 4.95 ERA in 83.2 innings, with 77 strikeouts. His fastball sits in the upper-80s. He also has a slider that, in his major league stints, he’s thrown over 70% of the time. The Pirates signed Zamora to a minor league deal for 2023.
Zamora had a good debut pitching in relief for Morgantown. He had outstanding walk and K rates. He had slightly more hits allowed than innings pitched (21 hits in 20.1 IP), but that was due to a very high BABIP of .364. He had a reverse platoon split, but the sample size was very small.
Zamora moved up to West Virginia and pitched well there, maintaining his high K rate. He held opponents to a 219/290/336 line and again had a reverse platoon split. His season ended on July 2, though, when he left a game after throwing two pitches and didn’t play again. The Pirates didn’t disclose the nature of the injury.
Zamora was healthy in camp and spent most of the season at Bradenton. He pitched well, with very good walk and K rates. He had one bad stretch of four outings starting at the end of July that inflated his numbers a bit. He didn’t have much of a platoon split. The Pirates moved Zamora up to Altoona at the end of the season and he got into two games with the Curve. After the season, the Pirates traded Zamora to the Mets for Josh Smoker.
The Mets assigned Zamora to AA and he pitched well there, with a high K rate. In mid-August they called him up to the majors. He stayed with them the rest of the year, pitching mostly in one-out situations; he got into 16 games but threw only nine innings. Over half the plate appearances against Zamora were left-handed hitters. He was effective for the Mets as well, striking out nearly half the batters he faced.
Zamora was up and down between AAA and the Mets a number of times. He again was utilized as a LOOGY, getting credited with just 8.2 IP in 17 games, and again facing more left-handed than right-handed hitters. He pitched well in AAA but was less effective in the majors.
The Mets brought Zamora to their alternate site and called him briefly, but he didn’t get into any games.
Zamora missed the month of April, then had a very rough time in four AAA outings in May. The Mets designated him for assignment and Seattle claimed him. After throwing one game in AAA, Zamora moved up to Seattle and appeared in four games before returning to AAA for the rest of the season. He pitched only decently in AAA. Gopher balls were a problem in the majors and minors; between the two, Zamora allowed one every five innings. After the season he became a free agent and signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers.
The Dodgers kept Zamora in AAA all season. He pitched reasonably well, with opponents batting 242/332/333 against him. He was much more effective against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .536 OPS, while right-handed hitters put up a .734 figure. He became a free agent after the season and signed with the Pirates.
The Pirates have been chronically short of left-handed pitching, so Zamora should provide some AAA depth in that area. When he first reached the majors, it looked like he might manage a career as a LOOGY, but the three-batter minimum has since intervened.
|2023: Minor League Contract
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2015
MLB Debut: 8/17/2018
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible: 2029
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 8/17/2018 (since removed)
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2019, 2020, 2021)
MLB Service Time: 0.156
|June 6, 2012: Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 27th round, 835th overall pick.
June 10, 2015: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 40th round, 1207th overall pick; signed on June 29.
January 31, 2018: Traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates with cash to the New York Mets for Josh Smoker.
August 17, 2018: Contract purchased by the New York Mets.
May 21, 2021: Designated for assignment by the New York Mets.
May 22, 2021: Claimed off waivers from the New York Mets by the Seattle Mariners.
June 24, 2021: Designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners; outrighted to AAA on June 25.
November 11, 2021: Became a free agent.
March 10, 2022: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
November 11, 2022: Became a free agent.
December 11, 2022: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.