CONNOR OVERTON, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: July 24, 1993
Drafted: 15th Round, 437th overall pick, 2014 (Marlins)
How Acquired: Waiver claim (from Blue Jays)
College: Old Dominion University
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Marlins drafted Overton out of Old Dominion. At the time, he threw 89-92 mph with a good slider and questionable change. He lasted just over a year with Miami, then spent time with the Nationals, Giants and Blue Jays. Through all this, he didn’t put in very many innings as a pro due to injuries. In the majors in 2021, his fastball averaged 92-93 mph, and he relied a lot on both the slider and change. He hasn’t generally missed a lot of bats, but he throws strikes and produces a lot of groundballs. The Pirates claimed him from the Jays off waivers late in the 2021 season.
The Marlins sent Overton to the New York-Penn League, where he pitched in relief and put up weak numbers.
In late May, the Marlins assigned Overton to low A and he got battered in eight relief appearances. In July, Miami released him and he signed a week later with Washington. The Nationals sent him back to the NYPL and he pitched well in a dozen games. After the season he became a free agent and eventually signed with the Sioux City Explorers of the independent American Association.
Overton pitched very well as a reliever in independent ball. In August he signed with the Giants. He got into one game, which didn’t go well at all, then missed the rest of the season with an injury.
Overton had Tommy John surgery and missed the entire season.
Overton returned in late April and spent time at three levels, moving back and forth a lot, probably depending on organizational needs. He pitched just decently in class A and not very well at AA and AAA.
The Giants sent Overton to AA, where he didn’t pitch especially well. The Giants released him in June and he signed with Lancaster in the Atlantic League. He made nine starts there and pitched reasonably well. He signed for 2020 with Toronto.
Overton didn’t pitch during the pandemic season. He became a free agent after the season, but re-signed with Toronto.
Overton pitched in AAA for the Jays, making seven starts and 14 relief appearances. He did the best pitching of his career so far. Toronto called him up due to injuries in mid-August, then designated him for assignment three weeks later. The Pirates claimed him off waivers.
Overton’s success in organized baseball has mostly been limited to 2021. It’s hard to say whether the Pirates think he has a future with them or whether they were concerned about getting through the last month of the season with an injury-riddled pitching staff.
|2021: Major League Minimum|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut: 8/12/2021
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2027
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 8/11/2021
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 7, 2014: Drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 15th round, 437th overall pick; signed on June 16.
July 9, 2015: Released by the Miami Marlins.
July 17, 2015: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Washington Nationals.
November 6, 2015: Became a free agent.
August 12, 2016: Signed as a minor league free agent by the San Francisco Giants.
June 12, 2019: Released by the San Francisco Giants.
February 29, 2020: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays.
November 2, 2020: Became a free agent.
February 2, 2021: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays.
August 11, 2021: Contract purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays.
September 3, 2021: Designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays.
September 6, 2021: Claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays by the Pittsburgh Pirates.