The @Pirates have signed catcher Nevin Ashley and RHP Cody Eppley to minor league contracts, which includes spring training invites.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 26, 2013
Ashley is depth. With Tony Sanchez potentially becoming the regular backup and Michael McKenry‘s future uncertain Ashley is probably depth. I guess his offensive numbers aren’t terrible. Seems like a great guy to have at AAA in case of injuries.
Ashley has no Major League experience.
Cody Eppley on the other hand does. His Major League experience is somewhat sparse, but he did have a somewhat solid 2012 season with the Yankees.
Other than that… not so much.
He has those control problems. He can strike a guy out, but he can walk a guy with ease. He’s a reclamation project. Nothing to be surprised with here. He’s big, somewhat young, and has shown he can miss bats. He’s also from Dillsburg, just outside the lovely state Capital of Harrisburg. I’d assume he has an outside chance of making the team as a reliever, but he’s certainly not a front-runner.