By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have announced that Nefi Ogando has been claimed off waivers from the Miami Marlins. To make room on the 40-man roster, Jason Rogers was designated for assignment.
Ogando signed with the Boston Red Sox out of the Dominican Republic in 2010. The 27-year-old right-hander was dealt by the Red Sox to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for former Pirate John McDonald in August of 2013. Ogando made his big league debut for the Phillies as a September call up in 2015. He was then claimed by the Marlins last offseason. In 14 appearances this year with the Marlins, he posted a 2.30 ERA along with a 1.15 WHIP. Ogando is certainly a hard-throwing righty with an average fastball velocity of 95.1 mph. He’s likely to begin 2017 in the AAA Indianapolis bullpen.
Rogers was acquired by the Pirates last offseason from the Milwaukee Brewers in a deal for outfielder Keon Broxton and minor league pitcher Trey Supak. Indianapolis is where Rogers played most of 2016, as he hit .263 and had an OPS of .709 in 105 games. He also appeared in 23 games with the Pirates, but didn’t do much, posting just a .463 OPS.