From USA Today: The Toronto Blue Jays acquired the top pick in the 2002 draft on Friday, claiming right-hander Bryan Bullington off waivers from Cleveland, which had claimed him from the Pirates earlier this summer. We guess the Indians saw enough, too.
From Yahoo! Sports: Dale Sveum, who finished the season as Milwaukee’s interim manager, is on the radar to replace Lou Frazier as the Bucs first base coach. Sveum was a utility infielder with the Pirates in 1996-97 and 1999, then was a manager in their farm system for three seasons.
Yahoo also reports that Joe Kerrigan uses numbers, not his gut, when it comes to pitching decisions. He's a big believer in statistical analysis, and always had a laptop computer at his locker when he coached. Kerrigan uses those numbers to make tactical decisions.
He gained an appreciation for statistics from Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, whom he pitched for in Baltimore at the end of his playing career in 1980. “Earl always went by the matchups, and it enabled him to make the Hall of Fame,” Kerrigan said. “That’s what I base my pitching philosophy on.”
From Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com: Jim Negrych, who was honored as the Pirates' Minor League Player of the Year, injured his finger on October 10th. He jammed it while sliding into a base playing for West Oahu of the Hawaiian League.
X-rays on the finger came back negative, confirming that nothing was broken. As a result, the 23-year-old infielder has begun taking batting practice again and should be able to return in a designated hitter role within the next few days.
The prognosis for Eric Krebs' Hawaiian Winter Baseball season is not as promising. After pitching one-third of an inning of relief on October 7th, the RHP was shut down with inflammation in his right elbow. Krebs, a 16th-round draft pick in 2005, hasn't pitched since and will be examined by doctors in Pittsburgh.
It's almost certain that he won't return to Hawaii to finish out the final three weeks of the CaneFires' season. "I don't think there is going to be an issue that will affect next year," Kyle Stark said. "But it's likely going to have him shut down for the rest of the time out there [in Hawaii]."
From the Winter League Stats Board: As of yesterday, Jose Tabata is hitting .455, Robinzon Diaz .388, Steve Pearce .318, Miles Durham .299 with 2 HRs and 17 RBI, and Shelby Ford .286 with a homer and an invite to the Arizona All-Star team.
Most of the pitchers haven't gotten much work. The best of the guys with a few innings under their belt are LHP Kyle Bloom (15 innings, 1-0, 2.40 ERA) and JVB (7 innings, 0-1, 1.29 ERA).