I thought for fun I would list members of the 2011 Pirates who are now elsewhere and what they’ve been doing so far.
Ryan Doumit (Twins) – .256 avg, .768 OPS, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 0.1 WAR
Chris Snyder (Astros) – .183 avg, .631 OPS, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 0.1 WAR
Lyle Overbay (Dbacks) – .345 avg, .987 OPS, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 0.3 WAR
Matt Diaz (Braves) – .264 avg, .759 OPS, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 0.2 WAR
Ronny Cedeno (Mets) – .231 avg, .658 OPS, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 0.1 WAR
Ryan Ludwick (Reds) – .208 avg, .690 OPS, 5 HR, 20 RBI, – 0.2 WAR
Xavier Paul (Nationals AAA) – .286 avg, .841 OPS, 4 HR, 22 RBI
Brandon Wood (Rockies AAA) – .228 avg, .627 OPS, 3 HR, 14 RBI
Jason Jaramillo (Brewers AA) – .258 avg, .661 OPS, 0 HR, 12 RBI
Steve Pearce (Yankees AAA) -.326 avg, 1.000 OPS, 11 HR, 29 RBI
Pedro Ciriaco (Red Sox AAA) -.304 avg, .723 OPS, 2 HR, 14 RBI
Paul Maholm (Cubs) 4.62 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, 5.2 K/9, 0.0 WAR
Ross Ohlendorf (Red Sox AAA) 4.61 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9, 6.3 K/9
Brian Burres (Giants AAA) 6.12 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 3.4 BB/9, 6.1 K/9
Jose Veras (Brewers) 4.88 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 4.5 BB/9, 10.1 K/9, – 0.2 WAR
AAA: Durham defeats Indianapolis by a score of 5-4 in 10 innings.
Justin Wilson went 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on four hits, walked three, and struckout six in the no-decision. Brian Friday was 2-for-3 with a walk. Jeff Larish went 1-for-4 with a three-run triple and scored a run. Jeff Clement was 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a run scored. Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-5 with a double and came into score. Alex Presley was 0-for-4 with a walk and scored a run. Starling Marte had an 0-for-5 and had a pair of strikeouts.
AA: Richmond over Altoona by a 5-4 final.
Shairon Martis pitched six innings, gave up five runs on five hits, walked a pair, and had a couple strikeouts in the loss. Matt Curry went 3-for-4 with three doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored. Brock Holt was 2-for-4. Jarek Cunningam went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run (his second of the season). Robbie Grossman was 1-for-5. Tony Sanchez struckout as a pinch hitter.
High A: Fort Myers wins 4-3 over Bradenton.
Tyler Waldron goes seven innings, allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits, walked one, and fanned eight in a no-decision. Alex Dickerson and Carlos Paulino were both 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Gift Ngoepe was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer (his fifth). Stefan Welch went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and scored a run. Mel Rojas goes 1-for-4 and stole his fifth base of the season.
Low A: West Virginia defeated Lakewood by a score of 10-5.
Matt Benedict pitches six innings, allows two runs on four hits, walked none, and struckout three for the win. Alen Hanson went 3-for-4 including a home run (his seventh of the year), two RBI’s, and a pair of runs scored. Dan Gamache was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, an RBI, and scored three times. Chris Lashmet went 2-for-3 with two triples, two RBI’s, and scored twice. Jose Osuna and Junior Sosa were both 1-for-4 and each had an RBI. Gregory Polanco was 1-for-5 with an RBI.
AAA: Indianapolis victorious over Durham 3-1.
Rudy Owens pitched 6.2 innings, gave up just one run on five hits, walked one, and struckout seven for the win. Jeff Clement went 1-for-4 and hit his fifth homer of the season. Anderson Hernandez was 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk. Brian Friday went 1-for-2 with an RBI, walked and had a stolen base (his third). Starling Marte was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Alex Presley went 0-for-3, drew a walk and stole his second base for Indy. Chase d’Arnaud did not play (night off).
AA: Altoona defeated Richmond by a score of 6-1.
Brandon Cumpton goes seven innings, allowed only one run on three hits, walked three, and had three strikeouts to pick up the win. Miles Durham was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Jeremy Farrell went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s. Tony Sanchez was 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and scored a pair of runs. Jarek Cunningham went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk, and scored a run. Matt Curry was 2-for-4 with a double and came into score. Robbie Grossman goes 1-for-5 with an RBI.
High A: Bradenton wins 5-4 over Fort Myers.
Gerrit Cole went six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits, walked a pair, and fanned four in the victory. Drew Maggi went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Carlos Paulino was 1-for-3 with a two-run double. Mel Rojas went 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and scored a run. Alex Dickerson was 1-for-3 with an RBI, drew a walk, and had a run scored. Stefan Welch had an 0-for-3 with an RBI.
Low A: West Virginia defeats Lakewood by a final of 7-3.
Robby Rowland pitches six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struckout three for the win. Gregory Polanco was 3-for-4 with a triple, a walk, and a run scored. Chris Lashmet went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and scored a run. Alen Hanson was 1-for-4 with an RBI triple, a walk, and had a run scored. Jose Osuna went 1-for-3, drew a walk and scored twice. Junior Sosa was 0-for-4.
According to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects, the Pirates have signed relievers Nathan Kilcrease and Kenn Kasparek to minor league deals. Kilcrease was a 30th round pick of the Oakland A’s in 2011. Before getting released, he posted a 1.46 ERA with an 0.89 WHIP in 12.1 innings pitched for Low A Burlington of the Midwest League. He will pitch out of the West Virginia bullpen. Kasparek was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2008 and was pitching independent ball this season before signing with the Bucs. He is expected to pitch out of the Bradenton bullpen.
According to Pirates Prospects Kristy Robinson, the Pirates have called up Jordy Mercer from AAA Indianapolis and have sent down Yamaico Navarro in the process. Mercer was hitting .303 with a .796 OPS in 175 at bats with Indy. Meanwhile, Navarro was hitting just .178 with a .499 OPS in 45 AB’s. He will be sent down to receive everyday playing time, as he seemed to be getting virtually none lately with the Bucs. Bringing Mercer up seems to be an insurance move in case Clint Barmes continues to struggle and/or Josh Harrison can’t handle the position defensively.
With next Monday being the 2012 MLB Draft, the Pirates are keeping their options open on who to take with the 8th pick in the draft. This will mark the first time since 2005 that the Pirates will not select in the Top 5. That was the year they took Andrew McCutchen with the 11th overall pick. So this year’s draft is more or less a crap shoot. The Pirates have said that they won’t draft a player because of a need, but the indications seem to be that they will draft a position player in some capacity. MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo thinks that the Pirates may go the pitching route again and sees them possibly taking high school left-hander Max Fried, who has a commitment to UCLA. If the Pirates do indeed decide to go with a position player, the strong favorite seems to be Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero. Deven is the cousin of Chris and Christian Marrero, who play for the Nationals and Braves respectively, and is the nephew of former big league catcher Eli Marrero. Deven Marrero is considered a strong defensive shortstop, who has drawn comparisons to former shortstop and three-time Gold Glover Rey Ordonez. He has struggled some with the bat this season, which has raised some concerns about his draft status. Marrero was projected to be a Top 5 pick heading into this season, so he doesn’t appear to be like Tony Sanchez, who was never projected to be drafted that high when he was picked #4 overall by the Bucs in 2009. Shortstop prospects whether high school or college are very premium, as you don’t see too many that put up really good offensive numbers. I personally see Marrero as a “risk/reward” type of a pick, because if he does provide the bat, then he could become an impact type player all around, but if not, he’ll be a dime-a-dozen shortstop who you can find plenty of in lower rounds.