VALENTIN LINAREZ, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: February 14, 2000
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates signed Linarez midway through the 2018-19 signing period. He’s a big guy, possibly bigger than his listing.
Linarez had a solid debut, dividing his time between starting and relieving. Obviously, the walk and K rates weren’t good, but that’s not unusual for a pitcher in his pro debut.
Pitching strictly as a starter, Linarez improved significantly. He held opponents to a 214/274/289 line. He got off to a slow start, with a 5.93 ERA in his first three starts, but put up a 1.08 mark in his last nine.
Linarez was impressive over the last three-quarters of the 2019 season. He was in fall instructionals and should have been in the GCL, or maybe Bristol, in 2020. The GCL seems the likely destination in 2021.
|2021: 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: 2022
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|January 25, 2018: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.