Valentin Linarez

VALENTIN LINAREZ, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: February 14, 2000
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 225
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE

The Pirates signed Linarez midway through the 2018-19 signing period.  He’s a big guy, possibly bigger than his listing.

2018
DSL:  2-3-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 39.2 IP, 5.0 BB/9, 6.6 K/9

Linarez had a solid debut, dividing his time between starting and relieving.  Obviously, the walk and K rates weren’t good, but that’s not unusual for a pitcher in his pro debut.

2019
DSL:  5-3-0, 2.28 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 55.1 IP, 2.3 BB/9, 8.9 K/9

Pitching strictly as a starter, Linarez improved significantly.  He held opponents to a 214/274/289 line.  He got off to a slow start, with a 5.93 ERA in his first three starts, but put up a 1.08 mark in his last nine.

Linarez was impressive over the last three-quarters of the 2019 season.  He was in fall instructionals and should be in the GCL, or maybe Bristol, in 2020.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2020: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
January 25, 2018: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.