Pirates acquire RHP Cody Ponce from Milwaukee

July 29th, 2019

The Pirates have acquired RHP Cody Ponce from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for RHP Jordan Lyles. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

The 25-year-old Ponce was Milwaukee’s second round selection (55th pick overall) in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. He has gone 1-3 with one save, 44 strikeouts and a 3.29 ERA (38.1ip/14er) in 27 relief appearances with Double-A Biloxi this season; his first season pitching exclusively in relief.

A 2017 Carolina League mid-season All-Star, Ponce won a career-high 10 games during the 2017 campaign while pitching with the Carolina Mudcats and Biloxi. In his minor league career, Ponce has produced a 22-27 record, four saves and a 3.72 ERA (394.0ip/163er).

Lyles has gone 5-7 with a 5.26 ERA (82.1ip/49er) in 17 starts with the Pirates this season.