Bryan Bullington To Sign With Hiroshima Carp

The Royals announced that they have released Bryan Bullington so he can sign with the Hiroshima Carp. Kansas City designated the former first overall pick for assignment over the weekend.

The Pirates selected the right-hander first overall in the 2002 draft, but he has not produced at the major league level. Now 30, Bullington has a 5.62 ERA with 6.0 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 81 2/3 innings for the Pirates, Royals, Indians and Blue Jays.

In 102 innings at Triple-A Omaha last year, Bullington showed some of the promise that the Pirates saw earlier in the decade. He posted a 2.82 ERA with 6.4 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9, allowing just eight homers.


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13 Comments on "Bryan Bullington To Sign With Hiroshima Carp"


Tacho Bill
4 years 9 months ago

Ah, Brian Bullington, one of the many Pirate mistakes that have set them back so many years.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Whats the pay like in Japan?

shockey12
4 years 9 months ago

About 10% of a MLB contract. Though I believe international players make a minimum of 1 million.

4 years 9 months ago

+tempestuous relationship with the coach’s daughter?

Commander_Nate
4 years 9 months ago

I’d say AAAA would be an accurate description. Somewhere above AAA and MLB. I could see some of their top teams beating some of the lower-tier MLB teams on a given day. It’s hard to say for sure, but that’s how I’d generalize it.

4 years 9 months ago

It is officially a slow news day.

4 years 9 months ago

Any chance he pulls a Colby Lewis?

4 years 9 months ago

But Bullington, shutout the Yankees, he outdueled AJ Burnett, and won the game 1-0, he deserves at least a one year contract

D.J. Wilson
4 years 9 months ago

That was one of only like 3 good performances this year even AFTER we moved him into the rotation.

wkkortas
4 years 9 months ago

As the carp is a bottom-feeder, this signing makes a world of sense.

Shikikazu
4 years 9 months ago

There is some truth to that they’re like the worst team in the NPB if you ask most NPB fans in terms of fanbase and standings they don’t draw much and usually hang around the last place spot in the standings

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

So they are the pirates of japan?

Ian_Smell
4 years 9 months ago

Maybe he can finally become the third starter Littlefield predicted he would become.