Pittsburgh Pirates: Potential Replacements For Angel Perdomo's Bullpen Role

The Pirates lost Angel Perdomo to Tommy John surgery, then waviers, leaving a hole in the bullpen. But who are some potential replacements for him?

,Jun 14, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Hoby Milner (55) throws
,Jun 14, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Hoby Milner (55) throws / Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
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Hoby Milner

I’ve already discussed Hoby Milner as a potential trade target, and there are a lot of reasons for that. Last year, Milner had a 1.82 ERA, the 5th lowest ERA among any reliever who threw at least 60 innings. Milner also had a 3.13 FIP and 0.96 WHIP in a grand total of 64.1 frames. Milner’s 5.2% walk rate was also one of the best in the league, which once again ranked 5th. On top of that, he had an above-average 23.4% strikeout rate.

The side-arm lefty gets soft contact at a high rate and was in the 91st percentile of exit velocity at 86.6 MPH. He also had a strong 6.2% barrel rate (78th percentile) and a 35.4% hard-hit rate (75th percentile). He is also a durable arm, having tossed 129 innings the last two seasons with an ERA+ of 150. Milner is controlled via arbitration for two more years, and is only projected to make $1.7 million next year.