For parts of two seasons, RHP Thyago Vieira was a mainstay in the Charlotte Knights’ bullpen. The hard-throwing right-handed reliever struck out 101 batters over parts of two seasons (88.1 IP).
On Monday, December 2, the Chicago White Sox announced that Vieira was released so that he could pursue an opportunity in Japan. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand added that Vieira has agreed to terms with the Yomiuri Giants.
Over the course of his career, Vieira, 26, has pitched in parts of three seasons at the major league level with the Seattle Mariners (2017) and White Sox (2018–19). He was originally signed by the Mariners as a free agent on September 21, 2010.
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Vieira made his major league debut with the Mariners on August 14, 2017 and became just the fourth Brazilian-born player to play in the majors at the time. He was traded to Chicago on November 16, 2017 for international bonus slot money.
In parts of two seasons with the White Sox, he posted a 2–1 record with one save and a 7.66 ERA in 22 games (24.2 IP/23 SO).
With the Knights (2018–19), Vieira posted a 6–8 record with 14 saves and a 5.40 ERA over 75 games pitched (88.1 IP). In 2019, he led the Knights in saves (8), games finished (31), and was second on the team in appearances (39 games).
Always a smile on his face and a great attitude, Vieira also spent his time volunteering in the Charlotte community. As part of an appearance by the Caballeros de Charlotte last season, Vieira went to Charlotte Bilingual Preschool. It was a special day.
On behalf of the Charlotte Knights, good luck in Japan, Thyago!