Pirates sign Cory Luebke to Minor League contract

The Pittsburgh Pirates today signed left-handed pitcher Cory Luebke to a minor league contract, which includes an invitation to Major League spring training camp. The announcement was made by Pirates Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington. 

Luebke posted a 3.86 ERA (7.0ip/3er) in seven appearances (three starts) last year between El Paso (Padres' AAA), San Antonio (Padres' AA) and Lake Elsinore (Padres' Single-A). 

Luebke has a career record of 10-12 with a 3.25 ERA (188.1ip/68er) and 195 strikeouts in 55 appearances (25 starts) in the big leagues with San Diego (2010-12). 

The 30-year-old lefthander has also recorded a career record of 32-17 with a 3.50 ERA (437.2ip/170er) and 365 strikeouts in 91 appearances (77 starts) in his minor league career. 

Luebke, who was originally selected by the Pirates in the 18th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign, was drafted by San Diego with the 61st overall selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.