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Pirates Reach Minor League Deal with RHP Rookie Davis

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly reached a minor league deal with RHP Rookie Davis.

The Athletic’s Emily Waldon is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with RHP Rookie Davis on a minor league deal.

The 25 year old Davis is a 14th round draft pick of the Yankees out of the 2011 amateur draft. As MLB Trade Rumors recently pointed out, Davis is perhaps best known as a piece sent to the Reds in the Aroldis Chapman deal. Here’s a complete look at his minor league sojourn to date:

Davis broke through into the big leagues in 2017, pitching 24 innings before having to go under the knife for hip surgery. A setback in rehab limited him to just nine minor league games as he was working towards getting back to the majors.

Perhaps the Pirates would like a look at his split finger fastball, a pitch that was new to Davis in 2017, one that was met with success.

From an article on

The pitch has more dive to it, Davis thinks, and it sometimes has a bit of fade to his arm side. It’s still quite new – pitch-tracking systems installed at Busch Stadium had trouble properly identifying it in Davis’ two-inning relief outing Tuesday – but he’s pleased with how far it’s come. “That gave me a pitch to go to with two strikes that had really good action, and it’s always in the 83-86 mile-an-hour range,” Davis said. “I continue to work on it in bullpens.”