OSVALDO BIDO, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: October 18, 1995
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2017, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Bido was similar to some other signings the Pirates have made in recent years in Latin America: an older pitcher with good velocity, in his case a fastball that reached 95 mph at the time. He now throws 93-96 and adds a cutter. Given his lean build, he probably still has some projection left.
Bido pitched mostly out of the rotation in the DSL and had a rough time. The main problem was poor control. He made slow progress during the season, with his opponents’ OPS month by month going from .803 to .770 to .736.
The Pirates evidently thought Bido made enough progress as they invited him to fall instructional league, then assigned him to Morgantown, where he pitched in the rotation all season. He had some ups and downs, but except for one bad outing he pitched very well after July 1. In his last ten starts, he had an ERA of 2.95, and outside of the one bad start, it was 2.15. Overall, he showed good control, but didn’t miss a great many bats. He had a reverse platoon split, with an opponents’ OPS of .606 against left-handed hitters and .766 against right-handed hitters.
Bido showed promise in 2018 and could be a candidate to move up to Bradenton at some point in 2019. He’ll play the entire season at age 23, but he seems to be maturing late.
|2019: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2020
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|March 14, 2017: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.