Pittsburgh Pirates: Pitchers That Need to Come Off the 40-Man This Offseason

Aug 12, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bryse Wilson (32) throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 12, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bryse Wilson (32) throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 17, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Yohan Ramirez (46) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Yohan Ramirez (46) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Righty Yohan Ramirez

The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Yohan Ramirez off waivers earlier this summer. Since then, he has bounced back and forth between the major leagues and Triple-A Indianapolis while struggling to find any MLB footing.

In addition to the Pirates, Ramirez has also pitched for the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Guardians this season. Overall, he’s pitched 19.1 MLB innings posting a 6.52 ERA and a 5.71 FIP. He’s walked 12.1% of batters faced, struck out just 18.7% and has allowed home runs at a clip of 1.40 HR/9.

With the Pirates, Ramirez has been particularly poor. He’s posted a 6.00 ERA while allowing 10 hits, walking four batters and striking out just six in 9.0 innings pitched. In his MLB career, he owns a 4.26 ERA and a 5.38 FIP while walking 14.4% of batters faced in 67.2 innings pitched.

Ramirez is the type of reliever who is claimed off waivers over the summer to help a team get through the season, provide depth, and eat innings. These types of pitchers typically do not last long on 40-man rosters once the offseason begins. It would be a surprise to see Ramirez survive the offseason as a member of the Pirate 40-man roster.

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