It was announced Wednesday afternoon that the Brewers have signed a veteran left-handed pitcher to a minor-league contract with an official invitation to big league camp.
That pitcher should be well-remembered by Brewers fans as he made 159 starts over six full seasons as a Pittsburgh Pirate to begin his career. Now 30, the Brewers will be his fifth professional organization following additional stops in Arizona, Washington, and Cincinnati.
He is Zach Duke.
A full look will be coming in “Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers” once he gets a number assigned, but here’s a quick take on last season at least.
Duke didn’t exactly have success in Washington over 12 appearances in 2013, posting an ERA of 8.71 with a 1.887 WHIP in 20.2 innings pitched. Following his release by Washington and subsequent free agent signing by the Cincinnati Reds, Duke posted a 0.84 ERA and 0.938 WHIP in 10.2 IP over 14 games.
Small sample sizes both, but certaily worth paying attention to.
You can follow Zach Duke on Twitter: @zach_duke