Pirates Claim Pitcher Eric Hanhold

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed 28-year-old right-handed pitcher Eric Hanhold off of waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. He has pitched parts of two seasons in the majors, debuting with the 2018 New York Mets, then seeing action with the Orioles during the 2021 season.

Hanhold made ten relief appearances this year, allowing nine runs in 10.1 innings, while posting a 1.55 WHIP and a 3:6 BB/SO ratio. His 2018 debut was brief, with two runs in 2.1 innings over three games. He was a sixth round pick in 2015 out of the University of Florida by the Milwaukee Brewers, but a majority of his time came with the Mets, who acquired him in a trade for Neil Walker. This year in Triple-A he had a 5.19 ERA in 26 innings over 25 games, with a 16:27 BB/SO ratio.

He throws four pitches, but mainly relies on a mid-90s fastball that has hit upper 90s, and a hard slider in the 89-90 MPH range.

Earlier today, Trevor Cahill, Yoshi Tsutsugo and Shelby Miller all became free agents, along with 157 other players around the majors.