News: The Pittsburgh Pirates reacquired previously designated for assignment Brady Dragmire on Thursday. This makes for the second time the Bucs acquired Dragmire this off-season.
On Thursday the Pittsburgh Pirates acquire Brady Dragmire from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash consideration. Dragmire was designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates about two weeks ago. When he was the Texas Rangers took a flyer on him. However, the Rangers decided to designate Dragmire for assignment when they announced the signing of Carlos Gomez. With Dragmire added the Pittsburgh Pirates roster is officially full now at 40 players. There is a good chance that Dragmire will be designated again as soon as the Bucs make another move. However, the Bucs obviously like Dragmire enough to keep picking him up and will try to pass him through waivers to keep him in the organization. Here is Marty Leap’s write-up on the original acquisition of Dragmire from a few weeks ago:
Brady Dragmire is a right hand throwing relief pitcher. He was a 17th round pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011. And the 23-year-old Dragmire has never pitched above Double-A.
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“Last season Dragmire pitched at Double-A New Hampshire for Toronto. At Double-A he recorded 72 innings, he posted a 4.38 ERA, and he also generated an outstanding 63.6 percent ground ball rate.
2016 was the worst season of Dragmire’s professional career. Even with a poor 2016 season Brady Dragmire’s professional stats remain strong. In 298 career Minor League innings pitched he has allowed 291 hits, he has struck out 212 batters, he has allowed just 19 home runs, and he owns a 1.23 WHIP.
Throughout his Minor League career Dragmire has also had good control. In his 298 career innings pitched he is averaging just 2.2 BB/9. This good control and great ground ball rate is probably what makes him appealing to the Pirates. I’m sure Neal Huntington also likes the fact that he is just 23-years-old.
Dragmire throws a low 90s sinker. This sinker is his best pitch and helps generate all of those ground balls. Dragmire also throws a change-up and a slider.”
If Dragmire is abale to stick with the organization he will be in Triple-A. He could be used in a similar role that Aj Schugel was used in last season. He very well will be used as the first call up when an extra arm is needed or to replace a pitcher who may go on the disabled list. Of course as stated earlier, Dragmire will likely have to pass through waivers again this off-season. He was picked up once already so obviously there are teams out there who are somewhat intrigued by him. For now, he is a Pittsburgh Pirates and looks to be some decent bullpen depth.