The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have signed right-hander Adam Miller to a minor league contract. The transaction was finalized on Dec. 18 and was followed with an additional move just one day later when righty Preson Guilmet was designated for assignment.
Miller, 30, went 1-2 with a 5.44 ERA (25 ER/41.1 IP) and 43 strikeouts in 28 relief appearances with Double-A Akron during the 2014 campaign. He also received a late-season promotion to Triple-A Columbus last season, where he whiffed two batters in his perfect sixth inning on Aug. 31 vs. Toledo.
Originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in supplemental first round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, the Plano, Texas native burst onto the MiLB scene by ranking as the No. 1 prospect in the Tribe’s organization over four consecutive seasons from 2005-08. After receiving additional recognition from Baseball America for possessing both the “Best Fastball” and “Best Slider” among club farmhands during three of those four years and taking home the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Year award in 2006, Miller was forced to sit out the majority of the 2007-08 campaigns and all of the 2009-10 seasons while battling multiple finger injuries.
Including his recovery, Miller has previously pitched in the International League through parts of four seasons with Buffalo (2007-08), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (2012) and Columbus (2014). He enters the 2015 campaign having excelled in the league with 94 strikeouts and just four home runs from opposing batters over 105 innings during his IL career.
In a non-corresponding roster transaction, righty closer Guilmet was also designated for assignment by Pittsburgh and claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays (Dec. 23). The 27 year old posted a 2.64 ERA (33 ER/112.2 IP) and ranked second in the IL with 30 saves over the previous two seasons between his stints with Columbus (2013) and Norfolk (2014).