Oviedo (1-1) threw an inning in Friday's 3-2 win over the Giants, allowing an unearned run on one hit and a walk but earning the win.
Oviedo was called upon to pitch in the 11th and allowed the Giants to retake the lead on a RBI single by Austin Slater. The Pirates were able to tack on two in the bottom half of the inning and escape with a victory, which allowed Oviedo to pick up his first career major-league win. Oviedo has endured massive struggles through his first eight appearances, surrendering 11 runs in 12.2 innings.
Oviedo allowed two walks and one hit in two scoreless innings of a 3-0 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.
The Rule 5 pick pitched for the first time since April 15. In the two outings since he gave up five runs in 1.2 innings to San Diego on April 12, the team has used him in low-leverage situations. The organization has committed to pitching Oviedo sparingly. As a result, he likely won't offer much to fantasy managers in the short-run.
Oviedo surrendered five earned runs on five hits and two walks in 1.2 innings of a 6-2 loss to San Diego on Monday. He failed to record a strikeout.
The Rule 5 pickup currently offers a live fastball and hard-breaker slider but may need to add a slower breaking ball to improve his results. The team used him to start the sixth inning of a tie game, showing confidence in the 21-year-old, but based on the results, his next time out will likely be in a less stressful circumstance. He threw just 25 of 47 pitches for strikes against the Padres.
Oviedo struck out one batter in a scoreless eighth inning Saturday against the Cubs.
The Rule 5 pick mixed a mid-90s fastball with a low-80s offspeed pitch to keep the Cubs guessing. The 21-year-old, who had never pitched above High-A ball prior to Saturday, showed why the team acquired the former Cleveland pitcher from the Mets over the winter. He's expected to appear in low-leverage situations, at least until he gains a bit more experience in the majors.
Oviedo was traded from the Mets to the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
The Mets selected Oviedo with the ninth pick in Thursday's Rule 5 draft and then quickly flipped him to the Pirates. Oviedo was once a top-200 prospect as a member of Cleveland's organization but has battled arm injuries and command issues in recent years. However, he was recently sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball in winter ball. Look for him to pitch out of the Pirates' bullpen in 2021.
The Mets selected Oviedo with the ninth pick of the Rule 5 draft.
Oviedo has as much prospect pedigree as anyone selected in this year's Rule 5 draft. He used to be a very promising pitcher in the lower levels of Cleveland's farm system, but injuries and command issues have resulted in him falling off most prospect lists. He was recently touching the mid-90s with his fastball during winter ball and should work out of the bullpen in 2021.
Oviedo was placed on the 7-day injured list at Low-A Lake County with lower-back soreness.
This has been a really disappointing year for Oviedo, who came into the season with a chance to break out as one of the game's top young pitching prospects, but has been unable to transfer last year's short-season success against Low-A hitters. He has a 5.38 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 72:40 K:BB in 87 innings.
Oviedo gave up one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five in six innings Thursday for Low-A Lake County.
The big righty's ERA comes down to 4.70 as a result of this bounce-back performance, coming on the heels of last week's outing when he gave up five runs while recording just one out. He also has a six-run, two-out outing from April 15 on his ledger. Save for those two hiccups, Oviedo has been as advertised this year for the Captains.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/14||vs SF||W 3-2||1||1.0||1||0||1||0|
|05/10||vs CIN||L 1-14||2.0||5||4||0||2|
|05/07||@ CHC||L 2-3||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|05/02||vs STL||L 0-3||2.0||1||0||2||2|
|04/15||vs SD||L 3-8||2.0||0||1||2||1|
|04/12||vs SD||L 2-6||1||1.2||5||5||2||0|
|04/05||@ CIN||L 3-5||2.0||1||1||0||4|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2018||ASX-Mahoning Valley Scra||48.0||9||9||0||4||2||0||61||10||34||1.88||0.917|
|2018||AFX-Lake County Captains||9.0||2||2||0||1||0||0||6||7||5||3.00||1.333|
|2019||AFX-Lake County Captains||87.0||19||19||0||6||6||0||72||40||80||5.38||1.379|