Nefi Ogando

Born: June 3, 1989
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 230
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l free agent, 2010 (Red Sox)
How Acquired: Waiver claim from Marlins
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: Reynolds Sports Management


Ogando signed with the Red Sox at a relatively late age.  He throws hard, with his fastball averaging 95 mph and regularly reaching triple digits.  He also relies heavily on a slider and throws a change very occasionally.  Despite the stuff, he’s seldom had good K rates and also has command issues that have resulted in persistently high walk rates.  He’s generally been a groundball pitcher.  His platoon splits have been variable.  He turned 27 during the 2016 season, but Ogando has thrown fewer than 20 innings in the majors.

DSL:  3-1-0, 2.91 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 34.0 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 8.2 K/9

Aside from some control issues, Ogando had a solid debut, although at 21 he was old for the DSL.  He made four starts and seven relief appearances.

A-:  1-5-0, 2.83 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 57.1 IP, 4.9 BB/9, 6.0 K/9

Ogando had a good ERA in the New York-Penn League, but his numbers otherwise weren’t strong, including his walk and K rates.  He made two starts, but mostly pitched in relief.

A:  4-4-2, 3.70 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 75.1 IP, 4.1 BB/9, 6.5 K/9

The Red Sox assigned Ogando to low A, where he spent the season pitching in relief.  He again had weak walk and K rates.

A+:  2-3-3, 4.09 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 55.0 IP, 4.4 BB/9, 7.2 K/9

In high A, Ogando continued along the same lines.  Boston sent him to the Phillies in a late August waiver deal for John McDonald.

AA:  5-1-7, 6.27 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 56.0 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 9.2 K/9

Ogando struggled in AA due to poor command.  He did increase his K rate significantly.  The Phillies put him on their 40-man roster after the season.

AA:  2-3-2, 2.86 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 34.2 IP, 4.9 BB/9, 8.6 K/9
AAA:  2-2-1, 2.86 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 28.1 IP, 3.8 BB/9, 7.0 K/9
MLB:  0-0-0, 9.00 ERA, 2.25 WHIP, 4.0 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 4.5 K/9

The Phillies sent Ogando back to AA and he pitched much better, although walks remained a problem.  He moved up to AAA for the second half, then made four appearances for the Phillies in September.  After the season, Philadelphia put Ogando on waivers and the Marlins claimed him.

A+:  0-1-0, 9.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 3.0 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9
AAA:  0-0-2, 3.33 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 24.1 IP, 4.1 BB/9, 7.0 K/9

MLB:  0-0-0, 2.30 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 15.2 IP, 4.6 BB/9, 4.6 K/9

The Marlins sent Ogando to AAA to open the season, but called him up several times during the season.  He also missed over a month with a rib fracture.  He generally kept runs off the board without putting up good walk or K rates.  Miami designated him for assignment after the season and the Pirates claimed him.

The Pirates no doubt were attracted by Ogando’s velocity and the fact that he’s a groundball pitcher, although he’s not an extreme one.  He’s made very slow progress over the course of his career, but could continue improving.  He has an option left, but that won’t matter right away at least, as the Pirates designated Ogando for assignment to clear roster space for Phil Gosselin.  If he clears waivers, Ogando will provide bullpen depth in AAA.

2017: Minor League Salary
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: 9/9/2015
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2023
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 5/25/2015
Options Remaining: 1 (USED:  2015, 2016)
MLB Service Time: 0.123
June 14, 2010: Signed as an international free agent by the Boston Red Sox.
August 31, 2013:
Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Philadelphia Phillies for John McDonald and cash.
November 20, 2014: Contract purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies.
December 2, 2015: Claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins from the Philadelphia Phillies.
December 16, 2016: Designated for assignment by the Miami Marlins.
December 23, 2016: Claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Miami Marlins.
February 10, 2017: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.