Gomez, a 24 year old right-handed pitcher from Venezuela, is 14-16 with a 5.18 ERA in 206.2 career MLB innings since 2010. He started against the Pirates on June 17th of last year, picking up the loss in a 9-5 ballgame. Gomez lasted just 4.1 innings while allowing eight runs (four earned) on seven hits. Pedro Alvarez and Alex Presley took Gomez deep; have a look:
He had a little trouble with the long ball last year, surrendering 15 home runs in 90 innings. He also doesn’t strike many batters out, as seen by his weak 4.7 K/9. Law says Gomez is a sixth starter.
He also mentions that Quincy Latimore is an organizational guy. Latimore, 23, was drafted by the Bucs back in 2007, and has played the last two full seasons for Class AA Altoona. He’s hit 30 bombs in the last two years, but hits for low average and on-base percentage.
While Jeanmar Gomez appears to be a bit of a fringe pitcher between the rotation and bullpen/majors and minors, you have to wonder if the Francisco Liriano signing is going to fall through. The Pirates seemed pretty well stocked in terms of arms. Also keep in mind that a spot will have to be cleared on the 40-man roster for Gomez. In typical Pirates fashion, Gomez will make close to league minimum if he makes the club.