By Jason Shetler
According to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects, the Pirates have signed pitchers Jim Fuller and Kelvin Marte, catcher Ed Easley and infielder Juan Diaz to minor league deals.
Fuller was a 21st round draft selection of the New York Mets in 2008. The 28-year-old left-hander appeared in 32 games for the Oakland Athletics AA and AAA clubs Midland and Nashville, posting a 4.40 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP and a K/9 of 8.4.
Marte signed as an amateur player with the San Francisco Giants back in 2007. The Dominican born lefty pitched for the Giants AA affiliate Richmond last season where he posted a 2.63 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and held opposing batters to a .246 average in 130 innings.
Easley was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks as a first round supplemental pick in 2007. The 30-year-old backstop was in the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 2015, playing most of the time with AAA Memphis, and putting up a .345 on base percentage in 88 games. Easley struggled to throw out runners, as he had just a 15% caught stealing, which was half of what his career rate is (30%). He also appeared in five games with the Cardinals.
Diaz signed with the Seattle Mariners out of the Dominican Republic in 2006. The 27-year-old infielder played in 110 games last year with the Miami Marlins AAA squad New Orleans where he batted .272 while posting a .688 OPS. Diaz has some big league service time, as he was with the Cleveland Indians in 2012.