The Pittsburgh Pirates never give up looking for the next big rebound pitcher. Today the Bucs signed two right-handed pitchers to minor league deals, Blaine Boyer and Brett Sinkbeil. Both have some major league experience and Boyer has one huge thing in his favor.
Boyer, as you will hear in the video below, is from Georgia and has pitched for the Braves, Cards, Diamondbacks last season (29K/29BB/57IP) and most recently the bankrupt NY Mets. The right-handed Boyer looks like Evan Meek, but hasn’t been as successful as Meek in his 233 ML relief appearances.
Sinkbeil is the typical reach for the Pirates. He was a first round pick of the Miami Marlins. He isn’t nearly as experienced as Boyer. Neither have had great numbers, but certainly are worth a look on minor league deals. Especially if Boyer can get his ground ball rate back after lowering his arm slot last season when he was with the Snakes. It was 3.08 and was good for fourth best in baseball, but of course his strikeouts suffered in a big way.
The Fish let Sinkbeil go in March. It would appear that he would need some modifications to get back to the bigs and the Pirates have very little to lose in giving it a shot.
The Mets released Boyer who actually earned the last spot on the Mets roster in front of Jason Isringhausen. He has a sweet beard, but it didn’t turn him into Brian Wilson. Boyer was quite awful for the Mets as you can read here. The .433 batting average against is the dead giveaway.
One great thing about the signing of Blaine Boyer today? Boyer has God on his side. He shared his love of God in this video, at about the one minute mark.
Lord, we hope you hear the cries of Pirates fans. Amen.
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Here is a video from last year when Boyer was with the Diamondbacks.