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The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed three right-handers, Wily Peralta, Brent Honeywell Jr., and Connor Sadzeck, to minor league deals as non-roster invitees. Sadzeck is known for his power arsenal but struggles with control. His Triple-A performance has shown a strong strikeout rate but a high walk rate. The Pirates will bring him into camp to evaluate his stuff and potentially improve his control throughout the season.
"That has generally been the recipe with the righty, who features a four-seamer and sinker that each have mid-to-high 90s velocity, as well as a slider in the high 80s and the occasional changeup. But as is often the case for pitchers with that kind of power arsenal, control is an ongoing concern."
For the Pirates, adding Sadzeck to their camp presents little risk as they can assess his capabilities and potentially utilize him as depth throughout the season. The team currently has David Bednar and Aroldis Chapman as their high-leverage arms in the bullpen, but beyond that, their bullpen is lacking depth. Bringing in Sadzeck from the minor leagues could provide them with an additional option.
"All clubs need depth arms throughout the season and the Bucs may be likelier than some others to reach into their minor leagues. They have David Bednar and Aroldis Chapman set to be the high-leverage arms in their bullpen but things are a bit flimsy beyond that as Ryan Borucki is the only other reliever on the roste".