By Jason Shetler
Pitcher Jason Stoffel has signed a minor league deal with the Pirates, the team announced today.
Stoffel was taken by the San Francisco Giants in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of the University of Arizona.
In July of 2011, Stoffel was sent from the Giants to the Houston Astros in a deal for former Pirates farmhand Jeff Keppinger. He then signed with the Baltimore Orioles in August of 2015.
Last offseason, the Orioles re-signed Stoffel to another minor league contract. He began this past season with AA Bowie where he put up a 3.14 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and a 12.9 K/9 in 27 appearances. In June, he was sent to AAA Norfolk, and performed even better there, posting a 1.78 ERA along with a 1.09 WHIP and a K/9 of 11.0 in 28 games. Stoffel is likely to begin the 2017 season with AAA Indianapolis.