Found April 11, 2013 on Pirates Prospects:
KURT YACKO RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: August 22, 1987 Height: 5’11″ Weight: 180 Bats: Right Throws: Right Drafted: 8th Round, 257th overall pick, 2008 (Rockies) How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent College: Chapman University Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Yacko was a shortstop and closer at Division III Chapman.  Aside from one start, he was strictly a reliever in the Rockies’ system.  He had high K rates in the low minors, but they dropped as he moved up and he’s gotten increasingly hittable.  He at least doesn’t walk many.  I don’t know much about his stuff, but he’s small for a RHP.  The Pirates signed him after the Rockies released him at the start of the 2013 season. 2008 R+:  1-1-11, 4.44 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 26.1 IP, 3.1 BB/9, 14.7 K/9 Yacko posted mostly good numbers in his debut, including an exception K rate, but he allowed a HR every five innings. 2009 A:  2-2-4, 3.52 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 69.0 IP, 2.0 BB/9, 11.2 K/9 In low A, Yacko continued to fan a lot of hitters without walking many.  He also got his HR rate down to one every 14 innings, but he gave up slightly more than a hit per inning. 2010 A+:  6-5-5, 3.50 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 64.0 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 9.8 K/9 Yacko had a very similar season to the previous one, and did it in the high-offense California League. 2011 A+:  1-6-3, 1.86 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 72.2 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 7.9 K/9 The Rockies sent Yacko back to the California League and he put up similar numbers again, except he allowed only one HR, which helped cut his ERA roughly in half, and his K rate dropped. 2012 A+:  6-4-1, 3.64 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 59.1 IP, 2.1 BB/9, 7.6 K/9 AA:  0-1-0, 15.43 ERA, 2.14 WHIP, 2.1 IP, 7.7 BB/9, 15.4 K/9 Yacko went back to the Cal League yet again, except for a two-game stint in AA.  He got hit harder and allowed seven HRs this time. The Rockies seem to have concluded that Yacko was maxed out at high A.  The Pirates signed him after West Virginia and Bradenton had had a very rough first week, including significant bullpen problems.  Once Yacko emerges from extended spring training, he’ll probably join one of the class A bullpens. STATS Baseball Reference–Minors Fangraphs MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2013: Minor League Contract PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: $100,000 MiLB Debut: 2008 MLB Debut: N/A MiLB FA Eligible: 2014 MLB FA Eligible: N/A Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible Added to 40-Man: N/A Options Remaining: 3 MLB Service Time: 0.000 TRANSACTIONS June 5, 2008: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 8th round, 257th overall pick; signed on June 16. April 4, 2013: Released by the Colorado Rockies. April 6, 2013: Signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league free agent.
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