The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a minor trade with the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates have acquired left-handed pitcher Eric Stout for cash considerations. Stout is a 29-year-old and has appeared in two games for the Cubs in 2022. In those two games, Stout has an ERA of 4.91 in 3.2 innings pitched and has struck out four while walking one.
Stout began his Major League career with the Kansas City Royals in 2018 and appeared in 2.1 innings while giving up six earned runs, bloating his ERA to 23.14. Stout was drafted by the Royals in the 13th round in 2014 and has carried an ERA of 4.39 during eight seasons in the minors.
Stout’s splits for 2022 have looked good thus far in 18 games played in Triple-A. Opponents are batting a .174/.315/.380 slash line with an OPS of .695. Stout has been used as a reliever throughout his career, and with a couple of left-handed relievers in the bullpen for the Pirates, one might wonder if he takes one of their places on the roster.
Stout was recently DFAd by the Cubs on June 16th. As it stands right now, the Pirates have optioned Stout to their Triple-A club in Indianapolis.