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A few days have passed now, and since there is no real big news happening, why not go over the Minor League Rule-5 draft and the fallout with what the Pirates received and lost. Now, as a disclaimer, not a ton of Minor League Rule-5 draft picks pan out, but they always have a puncher’s chance so let’s get right into it.
Zach Matson LHP 26-years-old- Extremely high strikeout guy and must’ve had extremely bad luck or played in a bad park due to his big discrepancy between his ERA (5.73) and his xFIP (3.07). Definitely worth kicking the tires in the Triple-A pen.
Nic Laio RHP 24-years old- Another high strikeout guy with 79 K’s in 56.1 innings pitched and relatively low walk numbers with just 15. Had a rough go of things when he jumped from Low-A to High-A in 21′, but again, he’s worth kicking the tires on.
Jacob Gonzales INF 23-years-old- Has decent pop potential with a 60/70 raw power grade, corner infielder projection, and could be a backup plan for someone like Jared Triolo. With the power potential there, I could see why you would take the chance on him.
Steven Jennings to the Yankees- High spin rate guy, could never put everything together at this point.
Jonah Davis to St. Louis- Feast or famine with Davis, he either was hitting for extra-base hits or striking out, no in-betweens with him.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now Notes
Pirates Prospects Notes
John Dreker pulls double duty for us on Thursday. Leading off, he talks about the MiLB Rule-5 draft additions. Finally, he gives us updates on the winter league games, highlighted by a 3-5 performance from Jared Oliva.
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