Born: May 28, 1990
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 186
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2009
How Acquired: Int. FA
Country: Australia
Agent: N/A


Fienemann is one of several products of the Pirates’ newfound interest in Australia. He had previously been set to sign with a major league team as a 17-year-old who threw in the upper 80s, but he found he needed labrum surgery and the team withdrew its offer. After going through rehab he hit 90 in a workout with the Pirates and they signed him to a minor league deal. He also throws a slider and change. The signing was probably the first one for the team’s new Australian scout, Tony Harris.

R:  1-6-0, 3.79 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 40.1 IP, 0.7 BB/9, 5.8 K/9 

Led the GCL Pirates in innings.  His ERA was less good than his other numbers, as he had a low WHIP due in large part to a very low walk rate.  His K rate was low, though.  His fastball reportedly sat in the upper-80s, but when I saw him in late 2010 it was more in the 85-87 range.

A-:  3-3-0, 3.62 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 37.1 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 6.0 K/9 

Fienemann pitched respectably out of State College bullpen, showing good control but not missing many bats.

A-:  1-2-5, 3.86 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 16.1 IP, 4.4 BB/9, 5.5 K/9 

The Pirates sent Fienemann back to State College, which wasn’t a good sign for his prospect status.  He served as closer until late July, when he got suspended after being arrested in an incident that involved public intoxication.  He ended up pitching only sixteen and a third innings and held opponents to a .207 average, but his walk and K numbers, weren’t good.

Fienemann doesn’t seem to be making a lot of progress.  He’s shown the ability to throw strikes, except for the brief sample size in 2011, but the low K rates suggest his secondary stuff isn’t developing.  The arrest probably won’t help, either.  If he’s back in 2012 he should get a shot at West Virginia.

Baseball Reference–Minors
2012: Minor League Contract
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 6/25/2009
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2015
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2013
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
April 1, 2009: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent with a $50,000 bonus.