The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have signed right-hander Josh Stinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2015 Major League spring training.
Stinson, 26, broke 2014 camp as a member of the Baltimore Orioles’ Opening Day Roster, before spending the majority of the season with Triple-A Norfolk. He struck out six with nine runs in 13 innings over eight Major League relief appearances last year, and aside from a six-run outing on April 13 vs. Toronto, registered a 2.45 ERA (3 ER/11.0 IP) in the big leagues in 2014.
Stinson’s campaign also featured a 5-5 record with one save, a 5.48 ERA (52 ER/85.1 IP) and 80 strikeouts in 22 Triple-A appearances (13 starts) with the Tides. The right-hander dropped four of his first five decisions with a 6.70 ERA through July 24, but rebounded to conclude the year at 4-1 with 44 strikeouts and just 16 earned runs in 37 innings (3.89 ERA) through his final seven games (one start).
In addition, his Triple-A stint yielded two runs in three frames against the Tribe at Victory Field, including a seventh-inning solo shot from Gregory Polanco in the Indians 14-3 triumph on May 12.
The Shreveport, La. native was originally selected by the New York Mets in the 37th round (1,114th overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft. He ascended through the minors rated by Baseball America as the No. 17 (2007) and No. 26 (2010) prospect in the organization, reaching the big leagues in 2011 at just 23 years old.
Following his debut, Stinson registered a 0.96 ERA with one run in 9 1/3 Major League innings as a waiver claim with Milwaukee in 2012, and a 3.18 mark (6 ER/17.0 IP) when claimed by Baltimore in 2013.
Overall, Stinson owns a 4.47 ERA (26 ER/52.1 IP) with 29 strikeouts in 39 career games (two starts) in the majors. He enters the 2015 campaign having posted a career minor league record of 53-60 with 20 saves, a 4.09 ERA in nearly 1,000 innings pitched (421 ER/925.2 IP) and 634 strikeouts through 267 games (130 starts).