Pirates A to Z: Miguel Yajure started strong before forearm injury affected his velocity

During the offseason, the Tribune-Review will offer Pirates A to Z: An alphabetical player-by-player look at the 40-man roster, from outfielder Anthony Alford to pitcher Miguel Yajure.

Player: Miguel Yajure

Position: Pitcher

Throws: Right

Bats: Right

Age: 23

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 220 pounds

2021 MLB statistics: Yajure was 0-2 with an 8.40 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 15 innings over four appearances, including three starts.

Contract: Not eligible for arbitration until 2025.

Acquired: In a trade with the New York Yankees, along with Roansy Contreras, Maikol Escotto and Canaan Smith-Njigba, for Jameson Taillon in January.

This past season: Yajure ignored the ringing phone from an unknown caller in January, only to learn that it was Yankees general manager Brian Cashman attempting to get in touch.

Next thing he knew, Yajure was flooded with text messages. That’s how he found out the only organization he knew – one that signed him to a $30,000 bonus out of Venezuela – had traded him to the Pirates.

“So it was tough,” Yajure said. “It was a weird experience.”

Pirates general manager Ben Cherington called Yajure “the most advanced” of the four players acquired for Taillon, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Yajure had pitched three games in relief for the Yankees in 2020, so he had major league experience and a reputation for pitching with control while relying on his off-speed and breaking pitches.

Yajure set goals for the…

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