Pittsburgh Pirates: Intriguing Non-Roster Invitees to Spring Training

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Right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood

After signing a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in January, Tyler Chatwood was immediately an under-the-radar signing.

Many Pirate fans may remember him during his time with the Chicago Cubs as a spot starter/long reliever, but he hasn't pitched in the MLB since 2021 after struggling with the Toronto Blue Jays and a brief stint with the San Francisco Giants, In his entire career, Chatwood has posted a combined 4.45 ERA, 4.62 FIP, 660 strikeouts, and a 1.51 WHIP across 878.2 innings pitched, and has been a solid groundball pitcher with a career 53.9 ground ball rate.

Last season, Chatwood signed with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of the Japan Western League and had a solid year, posting a 2.59 ERA in 24.1 innings pitched. Will his success in the JWL translate to MLB? Probably not, but he'll be relatively reliable as a reliever and could be trade bait. With injuries bound to happen, expect the 33-year-old Chatwood to make a few appearances and provide veteran depth in Triple-A.