OSVALDO BIDO, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: October 18, 1995
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2017, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Bido was similar to some other signings the Pirates have made in recent years in Latin America: an older pitcher with good velocity, in his case a fastball that reached 95 mph at the time. He now throws 93-96 and adds a cutter. Given his lean build, he probably still has some projection left. He throws a cutter, slider and change, but lacks a swing-and-miss secondary pitch. The cutter probably has the best chance of developing into one.
Bido pitched mostly out of the rotation in the DSL and had a rough time. The main problem was poor control. He made slow progress during the season, with his opponents’ OPS month by month going from .803 to .770 to .736.
The Pirates evidently thought Bido made enough progress as they invited him to fall instructional league, then assigned him to Morgantown, where he pitched in the rotation all season. He had some ups and downs, but except for one bad outing he pitched very well after July 1. In his last ten starts, he had an ERA of 2.95, and outside of the one bad start, it was 2.15. Overall, he showed good control, but didn’t miss a great many bats. He had a reverse platoon split, with an opponents’ OPS of .606 against left-handed hitters and .766 against right-handed hitters.
Bido continued to make progress, consistently pitching well into games for Greensboro. He went at least six innings in half of his 20 starts there, failed to go five just twice, and never failed to go four. The Pirates moved him up to Bradenton at the end of July and he lasted seven, then seven and a third, in his first two starts before the Pirates cut back on his pitch count. He still exceeded the previous season’s innings total by 80%. He was still somewhat erratic, posting an ERA of 0.91 in April and 6.46 in May. As the K rates show, Bido didn’t dominate; in fact, his xFIP at Bradenton was just 4.06. He had only a slight platoon split.
Bido opened the season in the Altoona rotation and went through some significant ups and downs. In AA, his ERA by month, starting in May, was: 2.70, 4.20, 8.55, 2.77 and 7.88. The ballpark in Altoona, which suppresses home runs, may have helped him, as he allowed ten longballs on the road and just three at home. Bido made two late-season starts for Indianapolis, one of which went badly. The problem was almost entirely with left-handed hitters. They battered him for a .976 OPS, compared to .635 for right-handed hitters.
Bido had an interesting season for Indianapolis. For the first four months he mostly struggled, finishing July with an ERA of 5.45. In the season’s last two months, his ERA was 3.09. His control improved a lot, although it still wasn’t very good, and he fanned 54 in 43.2 IP. Gopher balls were a problem on the season, as Bido allowed 18. His platoon split was small this time. Bido could dominate at times, such as one start in which he gave up one hit over six shutout innings while striking out seven, or another when he fanned ten and allowed no earned runs in five and two-thirds innings.
It’s easy to wonder whether Bido might do well in relief. He remains eligible for Rule 5, but it might be a stretch for a team to carry him in the majors all year.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2020
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|March 14, 2017: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.