By Jason Shetler
For the first time since 2011, the Pirates have made a selection in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft, as they select pitcher Tyler Webb from the New York Yankees.
Webb was selected by the Yankees as a tenth round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft out of the University of South Carolina. The 26-year-old left-hander spent the entire 2016 season pitching for their AAA club Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he posted a 3.59 ERA, a .245 batting average against and a 10.2 K/9 in 36 games, five of which were starts.
With the selection of Webb, the Pirates now have five lefty relievers, which would seem to indicate that someone could be moved, perhaps Antonio Bastardo, who is reportedly on the trade block. Like with any Rule 5 player, the Pirates would have to keep Webb on the 25-man roster for all of next season, or send him back to the Yankees.