The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed relief pitcher and former Lewiston resident Kevin Siegrist to a minor-league contract with an invite to big league camp.
After four years with the St. Louis Cardinals, Siegrist struggled last year in Philadelphia with a 1-1 record, one save and a 4.81 ERA in 46 outings, while dealing with disabled list stints for forearm tendinitis and a back issue.
Siegrist was born in Buffalo and lived in Lewiston until ninth grade, when his family moved to Wellington, Fla. He was a 41st-round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2008 and he pitched for the Class A Batavia Muckdogs in 2009 and 2010. He has has pitched in 276 major league games, forging an 18-10 record with a 3.04 ERA and 10 saves while throwing almost exclusively as a set-up man and left-handed specialist.
"I just think it's a good opportunity, just to make the team out of camp," Siegrist, 28, told Pittsburgh reporters Saturday morning in Bradenton, Fla., before the Pirates' spring home opener against the New York Yankees. "I think I bring some experience to the bullpen. I've been in almost every situation that you can ask for. I'm hoping to bring some of that here and fill some spots.
Siegrist burst on the big-league scene in 2013, posting a 0.45 ERA in 45 games for the Cardinals and then appearing in four games in the World Series against Boston. He led the majors in appearances in 2015 for the Cardinals, throwing 81 times and posting a 2.17 ERA.