The Pittsburgh Pirates got hit with a double dose of bad news today. A right hander, who was in the mix for a job on the big league club, Tyler Yates is injured.
Yates has a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow according to the PG. The Pirates will make an announcement in six weeks after Yates is diagnosed again.
Here are a couple videos from Yates pitching this year at Spring Training in Bradenton.
The news about Yates must have been difficult for him, it’s been a very long road for the big right hander.
The bad news kept coming when a tweet by Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram hit this afternoon. Wilson wrote that Ramon Aguero was claimed by the Texas Rangers. The 26-year-old Dominican recently saw his velocity drop, but a pickup wasn’t expected. At least not by most people. In five years, Aguero has a 4.14 ERA with nearly eight strikeouts per nine innings.
You might remember Aguero had lied about his age and was pitching under the name and birth certificate of Samuel Vasquez. He had pitched well in the DSL and came to the states in 2008. The player using the birth certificate of Samuel Vasquez, wasn’t really Sammy. He was four years older and his name was Ramon Aristides Aguero.
After a forgettable season in State College, Aguero became a closer. During his time in the minors, he has had some success including 84 innings pitched as he worked his way up to Altoona. He had a respectable ERA, put up a strikeout rate of just over eight per nine innings, but also 3.32 walks per nine.
He was well known for his high velocity, and made the 40-man. But this spring Aguero showed lower velocity and the same wildness. It didn’t scare Texas who assigned him to AAA.
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