RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: June 28, 1993
Signed: Int’l free agent, 2010 (Phillies)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
Country: Czech Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Minarik originally signed as a 16-year-old with the Phillies out of the Czech Republic. He’s hit 93-94 with his fastball and also throws an overhand curve. He saw limited action in the GCL over two years before the Phillies released him. The Pirates signed him in the fall of 2013.
Minarik threw just three innings in his pro debut.
The Phillies used Minarik in short relief and he got into 13 games. He didn’t fan many, but he also walked very few and didn’t get hit hard, which is impressive for a probably-raw, very tall pitcher.
The Phillies released Minarik in spring training and no other team picked him up until the Pirates did so after the season.
Minarik surprisingly opened the season in the Jamestown rotation. He mostly struggled there, walking as many as he struck out. The Pirates sent him down to Bristol for one game in July, then moved him back up to Jamestown, and then back to Bristol in the second week of August. He didn’t pitch well at either locale, although he was much better in a handful of relief appearances than he was as a starter.
The Pirates play the Phillies regularly in the GCL and in minor league exhibitions, so they probably saw at least a little of Minarik. They undoubtedly considered him a project and that’s what he’s proven to be. I’m not sure why, but he would have been a minor league free agent after the season, except he signed a minor league contract with the Pirates for 2015. He should be somewhere in short season ball.
|2015: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2015
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2015
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|May 7, 2010: Signed as an international free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies.
March 23, 2013: Released by the Philadelphia Phillies.
November 28, 2013: Signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league free agent.
October 4, 2014: Signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.