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Pirates sign Wilfredo Boscan, Charlie Leesman; invite 6 more to big-league camp

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The Pirates have announced that they've signed righty Wilfredo Boscan and lefty Charlie Leesman (above) to minor-league deals and invited them to Spring Training. They've also invited Tyler Glasnow, Adrian Sampson, Mel Rojas, Keon Broxton, Stetson Allie and Gift Ngoepe to big-league camp.

Boscan, 25, pitched in the Red Sox organization in 2014, striking out 48 batters in 66 1/3 innings between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. He's generally gotten good results at Double-A but hasn't pitched much in Triple-A, and he's not a strikeout guy, so he'll probably just be organizational depth in the high minors. His ability to start should help in that regard.

Leesman, who will be 28 in March, got cups of coffee with the White Sox in both 2013 and 2014 and was terrible -- he's literally putting his hand over his face in about half the pictures of him in SB Nation's database. In the minor leagues, he's mostly been a starter, and he hasn't been that great there, either, struggling with control in particular. His average fastball was also below 87 MPH in his time in the big leagues this year. He does, however, get lots of ground balls. The Pirates might see him, say, as a potentially effective reliever, but he obviously won't crack the big league roster unless there are lots of injuries or he pitches much better than he has in the past.