At some point during the Pittsburgh Pirates upcoming series at Wrigley Field righty Osvaldo Bido will make his MLB debut
With the Pittsburgh Pirates set to move Roansy Contreras to the bullpen, at least for the time being, they are in need of starting pitching help. Due to injuries, the organization's starting pitching help has been deciamted this season leaving few options.
When the team needs a fifth starter against the Chicago Cubs this week, it appears that they will turn to Osvaldo Bido. For Bido, this will be his MLB debut.
The 27-year-old righty was signed as an international free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017. He has pitched in 121 minor league games during his professional career, with 108 of them coming as a starting pitcher.
With the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians Bido has pitched 55.1 innings in 12 appearances this season. 10 of those 12 appearances have come as a starting pitcher. Bido owns a 4.55 ERA, 4.62 FIP, 10.9% walk rate, and a 23.5% strikeout rate. He has limited opponents to a .222 batting average and has allowed just 6 home runs (0.98 HR/9).
Going to Bido is a bit of a surprise. While he has not exactly set the world on fire at Triple-A this season, former first-round pick Quinn Priester has been Indy's best starting pitcher. Also, going with the former first-round pick with the higher ceiling would have seemed like move over a career minor leaguer.
Look for Bido to make his MLB debut either Wednesday or Thursday in Chicago. Hopefully, Bido can turn in some strong starts for the Pirates and help to stablize the back end of their starting rotation.