By Jason Shetler
According to John Dreker of Pirates Prospects, the Pirates have officially signed pitcher Yoandy Fernandez to a minor league contract. GM Neal Huntington told Tim Williams last week that the details of the signing were in the works.
Fernandez pitched in Cuba from 2007 to 2013, where he posted a 4.22 ERA. The 28-year-old defected from Cuba to Mexico in 2014.
In January of 2015, Fernandez entered the United States, and was declared eligible for the MLB Draft that year, but went undrafted. The reason was he was searching for a two-year deal, as opposed to being with a team for six full seasons, which is of course the standard for draft picks. Fernandez’s repertoire includes a low-90’s fastball, a curveball, a slider and a sinker. He is currently in Extended Spring Training down at Pirate City. The Pirates have not announced which affiliate he will pitch for.