By Jason Shetler
Last week, the Pirates announced that Austin Meadows, Trevor Williams and Dovydas Neverauskas would not be taking part in the Arizona Fall League this year. Their replacements were named today, with pitchers Alex McRae and Tanner Anderson, as well as third baseman Connor Joe.
McRae was a tenth round selection of the Pirates in 2014 out of Jacksonville University. The 23-year-old right-hander began this year with the Bradenton Marauders where he put up a 2.69 ERA along with a 1.18 WHIP in 12 starts. McRae received a promotion to Altoona in June, but didn’t have the same success, as he posted an ERA of 4.79, while opponents hit .317 against him.
Anderson was drafted by the Pirates out of Harvard as a 20th round pick last year. Also a 23-year-old righty, he appeared in 36 games this season, three of which were spot starts, with West Virginia (Power) and Bradenton. Combined with both affiliates, Anderson had a 3.58 ERA with a WHIP of 1.23.
The Pirates selected Joe out of the University of San Diego with their competitive balance pick in the 2014 draft. During the 2015 season, he played exclusively at first base. Entering this year with Bradenton, Joe made the switch to third base, and really struggled at his new position, as he committed 25 errors. At the plate, he started the first half of the season off slow, with a .306 on base percentage, but was outstanding in the second half, posting a .399 OBP.