Orioles add another lefty in Bierbrodt
The O’s added another low-risk signing on Thursday in left-handed pitcher Nick Bierbrodt, who agreed to a Minor League deal according to FoxSports.com.
A former first-round pick in Arizona in 1996, Bierbrodt has had a rough career that came to a halt when he was shot twice in the arm and missed the entire 2002 season. That story can be found here courtesy of the St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin.
Prior to that, Bierbrodt was in the Diamondbacks’ Minor League system for five years when O’s manager Buck Showalter was there. Showalter had him again in a brief stint in Texas in 2004, which was the last time Bierbrodt was in the Majors.
After playing in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in 2007, he came back to the United States to play independent baseball and spent last year as a reliever in the Colorado Rockies organization.
He is a career 6-9 with a 6.66 Major League ERA and split time between Double-A and Triple-A for Colorado in 2010, where he was used solely as a reliever.
This is pretty much a standard signing for Minor League depth, given Bierbrodt’s age, injury concerns etc. But since he’s been at two Showalter stops now, you’d think he’s probably got some of that “want-to” Showalter talks about. And having those guys around , especially in the impressionable affiliates rosters, is never a bad thing.