JOSE MALDONADO, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: January 17, 1999
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2017, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Maldonado was 18 when the Pirates signed him at the beginning of the 2017-18 international signing period. He throws 91-95, with a mid-80s breaking ball that’s probably his best pitch. He also throws a changeup.
Maldonado didn’t start pitching until over a month into the DSL season. He got into six games, two of them starts, and had high walk and K rates. At the end of the season, the Pirates moved him up to the GCL to fill in. He got into one game, but it was called due to rain before it became official. The game was never resumed, so Maldonado’s stats won’t count.
Maldonado spent the season in the Bristol rotation, which was a good jump considering how little pro experience he had previously. He had control problems but didn’t get hit hard, holding batters to a .238 average. He had his best stretch in August, with a 1.35 ERA and .197 opponents’ average in four starts.
The Pirates sent Maldonado to Bradenton and he got off to a great start. In his third game, though, he got hurt and missed the rest of the year. The nature of the injury is unknown.
Maldonado has promise. Hopefully, he’ll be healthy in 2021.
|2022: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 3, 2017: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.