The Pirates announced they’ve designated right-hander Roddery Muñoz for assignment. Pittsburgh needed a 40-man roster spot after finalizing their signing of first baseman Rowdy Tellez and trade pickup of Edward Olivares from Kansas City.
Pittsburgh claimed Muñoz off waivers from the Nationals two weeks ago. Washington had snagged him off waivers from the Braves in July. Muñoz has yet to appear in a major league game. While he was briefly added to the MLB roster in Atlanta, his number was never called. He struggled in the upper minors this year, combining for a 5.42 ERA through 78 innings in the Braves and Nats systems.
He punched out 23% of opponents but walked a massive 15% of batters faced. Prospect evaluators have credited the 23-year-old with a mid-upper 90s fastball and a promising slider. He needs to take a significant step forward with his strike-throwing to carve out a big league bullpen spot. The Pirates will have a week to trade Muñoz or attempt to slip him through waivers.