PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Josh Kinney, a Port Allegany graduate who last pitched in the major leagues in 2012, signed a minor league free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday.
Kinney, 34 (he turns 35 March 31), will get an invitation to Major League Spring Training as a non-roster invitee according to the Pirates web site.
Having appeared in 93 major league games in his career with three different organizations, Kinney has a career ERA of 4.73 with a career WHIP (walk and hits per innings pitched) of 1.361 in 97 innings of work.
He last appeared in the majors in 2012 when he made 35 appearances out of the Seattle bullpen with an ERA of 3.94 and a WHIP of 1.219 in 32 innings of work. .
Kinney, who was a member of the 2006 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, pitched parts of three seasons (2006, 2008, 2009) with the Cardinals before reappearing in the majors in 2011 with the Chicago White Sox and has a Major League career mark of 1-3 with 1 save. He appeared in seven postseason games with the Cardinals in 2006, including two in the World Series, allowing no runs, four walks and three hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.
Last season, Kinney pitched for Seattle’s Class AAA minor league club in Tacoma making 30 appearances out of the bullpen and going 2-2 with a 4.36 ERA and a 0.909 WHIP in 33 innings of work. He saved one game.
The Pirates are coming off their first winning season in 20 years and earned a spot in the National League Wild Card game in 2013 where they beat the Cincinnati Reds before losing 3-2 in the National League Divisional Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Kinney is one of two-known Port Allegany graduates to play professional baseball according to www.baseball-reference.com. The other being Brian Stavitsky, who rose to as high as Class AAA.