Pittsburgh Pirates: Two Ex-Players Claimed Off Waivers

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27: Bligh Madris #66 of the Pittsburgh Pirates bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 27, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27: Bligh Madris #66 of the Pittsburgh Pirates bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 27, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /
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Aug 27, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Bligh Madris (66) advances to third against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Bligh Madris (66) advances to third against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports /

Outfielder/first baseman Bligh Madris

Bligh Madris was one of a plethora of players who made their debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2022. The left-handed hitting outfielder nearly hit his way onto the Opening Day roster with a great performance in spring training, and then made his MLB debut in June.

The 26-year-old Madris got an extended look with the Pirates, but, unfortunately, he could never find consistency. In 123 plate appearances he hit for just a .177/.244/.265 slash line with  45 wRC+ and an OPS+ of 44.

Madris got off to a strong start, which included three hits and a double in his MLB debut. Madris failed to build upon this strong start though on his way to struggling before being designated for assignment. After he was DFA’d by the Pirates, Madris was claimed by the Tampa Bay Rays. After also being DFA’d by the Rays he has now been claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers on Friday.

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During his MLB time with the Pirates last season Madris also began to work toward learning first base. Madris was multi-time guest of the Rum Bunter podcast and is an all-around great dude. Hopefully, he can catch on with the Tigers and go on to become a contributor in Detroit.

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