Friday, December 16, 2011

Pirate Prospects, Player Movement

  • Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus has the Bucs' Top Twenty prospects. He lists Josh Bell, Gerritt Cole, Luis Heredia, and Jamison Taillon as Pirate five-star farmhands. Jonathan Mayo of has his Top Ten from the start of 2011 and again at the end of the year. The update shows how shallow the system still is. There were no new names to add to Mayo's list, just a reshuffling of the original ten.
  • The Bucs signed LHP Kris Johnson. Johnson was a first round sandwich pick of the Red Sox in 2006, but never lived up to his hype in the minors. The Bosox scouting report says that he "...throws three pitches well: a 90-94 mph fastball, a mid-70s hard curveball, and a very good 83-84 mph changeup. Uses his fastball and his change as out pitches...Underwent Tommy John surgery in 2005...curve lacks the same bite." He's worth a minor league flyer; maybe a change of scenery will do him some good.
  • Patrick Newman of NPR Tracker tweeted that  LHP Ryota Igarashi, 32, has signed a split contract with Pittsburgh. The reliever was 4-1/4.66 for the Mets in 2011, averaging 10 Ks and 7 BBs per nine innings.
  • The Twins signed former Pirates 1B Steve Pearce and LHP Aaron Thompson to minor league deals.
  • The Mets non-tendered C Ronny Paulino, making him a free agent. And they're staying in contact with IFs Jack Wilson and Ronnie Cedeno. They must scout Pittsburgh pretty well; they also claimed RHP Jeremy Hefner and signed LHP Garrett Olson to a minor-league deal.
  • The Tigers signed RHP Octavio Dotel. It's a record-setting 13th club for the bullpen specialist.
  • Arizona gave $1M to Lyle Overbay to return in 2012.
  • Jay Michaels, who left the Bucs for a 3-year run with the Astros, has signed a minor league deal with Washington.
  • The Phillies added C Steve Lerud to their system.
  • Toronto sent RHP Jesse Chavez to Triple A Las Vegas.


WilliamJPellas said...

Lyle Overbay must have incriminating photos of at least one member of the Diamondbacks' front office. I have no other explanation for how he could possibly be paid any money at all, let alone a cool $1 mil, to play baseball in 2012. I have rarely if ever seen a player of Overbay's respectable career accomplishments lose it so completely, so quickly, and apparently without being injured. He looked totally finished to me last season.

Ron Ieraci said...

I guess it's all in how u use him, Will. He hit .286 for the D-backs and his OPS was 200 points higher. Everyday guy, a bust; bench guy, OK.