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Pirates in Attendance to See Cuban Right-Hander Yariel Rodriguez



Yariel Rodriguez, Pittsburgh Pirates, MLB offseason

The Pittsburgh Pirates were in attendance to scout Cuban right-handed pitcher Yariel Rodriguez, who had a workout on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic. Francys Romero of BeisbolFR reported that the Pirates were one of 15 teams on-hand to see him.

Rodriguez, 26, pitched for Team Cuba in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, where he allowed a pair of runs and struck out 10 batters in 7.1 innings pitched.

Though he has experience as a starter, the right-hander has spent the last few seasons pitching out of the bullpen in the NPB in Japan as a long reliever and in a traditional relief role. In 79 appearances in total, Rodriguez went 10-10 with a 3.03 ERA with 188 strikeouts in 175.1 innings pitched.

His best season came in 2022 with the Chunichi Dragons, where he posted a stellar 1.15 ERA to go along with a 6-2 record, 60 strikeouts, 18 walks and 32 hits allowed in 54.2 innings pitched.

Rodriguez did not play for the Dragons in 2023 as he was seeking a release to pursue a big league opportunity. He was finally granted his release from Chunichi earlier this month, according to Romero, and is now seeking a major league deal.

In addition to the Pirates, here were the other 14 teams in attendance to see Rodriguez.

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