It was reported by the club on Monday that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Connor Sadzeck to a minor league deal, including an invite to major league spring training
On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced three additions to their non-roster invitees for spring training. Two of these pitchers - Brent Honeywell and Wily Peralta - were already known signings. However, for the third pitcher announced it was not previously known that he had signed with the Pirates.
This pitcher is righty Connor Sadzeck. The 32-year-old Sadzeck joins the Pirate organization after spending the 2023 season pitching in the Minnesota Twins' organization. With the Twins, Sadzeck pitched 35.0 innings in 25 appearances at the Triple-A level.
Sadzeck has not pitched in the majors since 2022. In 2022, he pitched 3.0 innings in a pair of relief appearances with the Brewers. Sadzeck allowed 3 runs on a pair of home runs, four hits, a walk, and two strikeouts during his time in the majors with Milwaukee.
In his MLB career, Sadzeck has pitched 36.0 innings across 35 appearances. In addition to his brief time in the majors with the Brewers, Sadzeck pitched in the majors with the Seattle Mariners in 2019 and Texas Rangers in 2018.
Control has always been an issue for Sadzeck. Those struggles continued last season as he walked 15.2% of batters faced at Triple-A. He did, however, post a strong 24.6% strikeout rate, while posting a 5.40 ERA and a 5.80 FIP.
Sadzeck will provide the Pirates with some relief pitching depth when the 2024 season begins. He would appear to be ticketed for the bullpen with Triple-A Indianapolis. If he pitches well, he could put himself in a position to possibly earn a promotion to the major league level at some point during the season.