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The Pirates claimed pitcher Chad Beck and catcher Ali Solis off waivers on Thursday. Jeff Clement and Eric Fryer were designated for assignment to make room for Beck and Solis on the 40-man roster. Obviously, these are pretty minuscule moves in the grand scheme of things, but I’ll briefly break them down anyway.
Beck is a 27 year old reliever that was recently DFA by the Blue Jays. The righty has only tossed 18 big-league innings (5.50 ERA) but had a very nice season in AAA this season. Well, kinda. He posted a 1.31 ERA with 18 saves, but did so with a low strikeout rate (4.5/9 innings). I’m guessing that’s a big part of the reason Toronto gave up on him. Still, useful relievers can often come seemingly out of nowhere, so I can understand giving him a shot. Beck will probably be part of a large crowd of similar fringe guys battling for a spot in the Pirates bullpen out of spring training.
Solis is a catcher, but doesn’t really offer much hope of solving the Bucs’ catching woes in 2013. He’s been around the minors quite a bit and posted a decent line in Double-A this season (.283/.307/.419) with an encouraging 28% CS rate. Still, that pretty much puts him on par with or even below Tony Sanchez on the organizational depth chart. Solis did reach the majors at one point in 2012 but only got 4 at-bats. Essentially, he appears to be only a very slight improvement over Fryer (who he replaces on the roster) with a tad more upside. I certainly don’t mind dumping Fryer or Clement–at the very least, now we won’t have to deal with Clint Hurdle‘s ridiculous use of Clement as the first guy off the bench in one run games.
Again, very minor moves that may not end up mattering at all (last year the Bucs claimed two guys around this time that were DFA’d again within a month) but at least it’s something else to talk about besides the Hoka Hey mess (about which I’m still not sure what to say).
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The Scottsdale Scorpions won 4-3. Here is how the Pirates prospects did today.
**Adalberto Santos went 1-for-4 with his lone hit being a solo homer in the eighth to cut the lead to 3-1 at the time. Scottsdale came back with three runs in the ninth to win.
**Matt Curry went 1-for-4.
**Vic Black was the winning pitcher, after throwing a scoreless eighth inning. Black gave up one hit...
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced a few moves this afternoon. The team claimed right-hander Chad Beck off waivers from Toronto, and catcher Ali Solis off waivers from San Diego. To make room on the 40-man roster, they designated Jeff Clement and Eric Fryer for assignment.
Beck, who turns 28 in January, has just 18 innings in the majors, with a 5.50 ERA, a 6.0 K/9, and a 2.5 BB/9 ratio...
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced via Twitter that they’ve claimed infielder Gustavo Nunez off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nunez was the Rule 5 selection by the Pirates last year, but missed the entire year on the 60-day disabled list with an injury that he suffered prior to the Rule 5 draft. The shortstop is regarded as a plus defender, but hasn’t done much with the...
Here are the results for the Pirates prospects from the Arizona Fall League action today.
**Adalberto Santos went 0-for-2 with two walks. Santos started in left field.
**Gift Ngoepe went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
**Tyler Waldron pitched an inning, allowing two runs on two hits, with a walk, no strikeouts, and a home run. Waldron threw 23 pitches, with 13 strikes.
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: January 17, 1985
Drafted: 14th round, 417th overall, 2006 (Diamondbacks)
How Acquired: Waiver Claim (from Blue Jays)
College: University of Louisiana (Lafayette)
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The Pirates claimed Beck off waivers from Toronto. He’s made...
The Scottsdale Scorpions won 6-3 today. Here are the results from the Pirates prospects.
**Matt Curry went 0-for-3 with a walk.
**Brandon Cumpton pitched a shutout inning, giving up one hit and striking out one. Cumpton threw 16 pitches with eight strikes.
Born: September 29, 1987
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2005 (Padres)
How Acquired: Waiver Claim (from Padres)
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The Pirates claimed Solis off waivers from San Diego. He appears to have been nothing more than an organizational catcher...
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have claimed off waivers RHP Chad Beck from the Toronto
Blue Jays and catcher Ramon (Ali) Solis from the San Diego Padres.
This evening at 9 PM, Dejan Kovacevic will meet and discuss the whole Navy SEALS training thing that went on during Pirates Fall Instructs. Hopefully it will provide some clarity on the whole situation, especially what was released late last night [link].
The forum will take place at Bucs Dugout [link]. Please follow Charlie’s rules listed on the page.