On Wednesday, the Pirates added some pitching depth by claiming right-handed pitcher Eric Hanhold off waivers from the Orioles. Hanhold pitched in 10 games with Baltimore this season, pitching to a 6.97 ERA in 10.1 innings. He struck out six and walked three.
Hanhold, who turned 28 on Monday, is a former sixth-round pick by the Brewers in 2015 out of the University of Florida. He was traded by the Brewers to the Mets as the player to be named later in the Neil Walker trade in 2017. Baltimore claimed him off waivers in 2019. In parts of six minor league season, Hanhold has posted a 4.69 ERA in 168 appearances (31 starts).
The 6-foot-5 right hander offers a mid 90s fastball, a slider and a changeup. The claim marks the first acquisition of the offseason for the Pirates, who will soon have to clear 40-man roster spots in order to activate players off of the 60-day injured list.
It’s clear that the Pirates see something in him that they feel made it placing a claim on him. For now, the Bucs add another option to a roster that lacked quality pitching depth in 2021.