Pat Light can hit 100 mph on the radar gun, which has resulted in high strikeout rates, but he's struggled with control throughout his time as a minor leaguer. He improved at Boston's Triple-A Pawtucket last year with a 2.32 ERA and went 7-for-7 in save chances, though he fought through a 4.9 BB/9. Minnesota traded for him in late July in their continued quest to seek out high-velocity relievers. Light struggled in the majors, however, with a 9.6 BB/9 in 16.2 innings. After being traded to the Pirates over the offseason, he'll likely spend much of 2017 at Triple-A Indianapolis until he improves his control, but Light's electric arm gives him enough promise to keep him in the mix for a major league bullpen role.
Light was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday. The hard-throwing right-hander could eventually work his way into the Pirates' bullpen mix, but he'll have to bide his time at the Triple-A level until he can iron out his control problems. Over 54.2 combined innings in the majors and at Triple-A last season, Light walked a whopping 35 batters.
Light was traded to the Pirates on Thursday for a player to be named or cash considerations Light had recently been designated for assignment by the Twins to make room for recently acquired infielder Ehire Adrianza. The 25-year-old right-hander posted successful minor league stints with both Boston and Minnesota last season, but enjoyed far less success at the big league level. In 17 appearances shared between the Twins and the Red Sox, Light earned a 11.34 ERA along with a disappointing 8.64 BB/9 over 16.2 innings. The Pirates will be hoping they can help him regain the effectiveness he demonstrated in Triple-A, which could eventually provide a valuable boost to their big league bullpen.
Light was designated for assignment Monday. After acquiring him in a trade with the Red Sox last year, the Twins designated Light for assignment in order to make room on the roster for recently claimed infielder Ehire Adrianza. The 25-year-old struggled in his limited big league appearances last year, posting a 11.34 ERA across 14 innings between Boston and Minnesota. He fared much better in Triple-A, however, accumulating a 2.37 ERA with a 9.9 K/9 in 38 innings there. His solid numbers at Triple-A should garner him some interest on waivers for those in need of bullpen depth.
Light was recalled by the Twins on Sunday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Light was acquired from Boston in a deadline deal, and the lefty will now get his first taste of Major League action with his new club. Between Triple-A Pawtucket and Triple-A Rochester, Light is a perfect 9-for-9 on save opportunities, posting a combined 2.37 ERA. The 25-year-old will be a strong boost to the back end of a Minnesota bullpen that has struggled this year.
Light was traded Monday to the Twins in exchange for Fernando Abad, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The Red Sox were determined to add a lefty reliever to their bullpen at the trade deadline and found their man in Abad, who the non-contending Twins were eager to deal while he maintained some value. The 25-year-old Light isn't a marquee prospect, but he offers more years of club control and has been impressive while working as the closer for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, producing a 2.32 ERA and 36 strikeouts over 31 innings. He'll likely report to Triple-A Rochester with his new organization, but he could join the big club at some point in the second half.
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