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Saturday, July 31st, 2021

Pirates Save the Best for Last by J.T.

Pirates Save the Best for Last       by J.T.

 

The past 2-3 weeks may one day be looked at as the turning point for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. From the expert’s mouth Ben Cherington has an unbelievable rookie draft, and now six more trades to add even more talent to an organization that just 2 years ago was in the bottom third of baseball in talent. The six trades started with all-star second baseman Adam Frazier being dealt to San Diego and ended with relief pitcher Austin Davis being traded to Boston for infielder Michael Chavis. Here is a look at all 6 trades that Ben Cherington made during the past week.

 

-2B Adam Frazier to San Diego for-

IF/OF-Tucapita Marcano

OF- Jack Suwinski

RP- Mitchell Milano

Everyone knew Adam Frazier was going to be dealt and there wasn’t a better time to make it than when they did. Supposedly Cherington was looking at Marcano during the Joe Musgrove deal and was told he wasn’t available.  Tucapita is a younger (21) version of Frazier who will be under Pirates control for a long time. Suwinski is a power guy who could be one of the top OF prospects now in the system. Milano has some work to do but has a lively arm.

 

-RP- Clay Holmes to New York Yankees for-

IF- Diego Castillo

IF- Hoy Park

 

Clay Holmes did a nice job for the Pirates in 2021, but he was expendable. Castillo a 23-year-old infielder has some pop with 12 homeruns in AA. Castillo can play 3B, SS, and 2B. Hoy Park a left-handed hitter is hitting .292 with 11 homeruns in AAA. Park is now in Pittsburgh on the bench.

-RP-Rich Rodriguez to Atlanta for-

SP-Bryce Wilson

P- Ricky DeVito

 

Rich Rodriguez did a commendable job as the Pirates closer, but on a last place team the closer is tradeable. With a young David Bednar, the Pirates could be set at closer in the future. Bryce Wilson intrigues me as a starting pitcher. Wilson, only 23-years-old has already made 22 appearances in the majors. Bryse could be a fixture in this rotation as a 4-5 starter. Look for Wilson to get some starts very soon. DeVito, a 21-year-old is only in A but has made 5 solid starts and is another big young arm to add to the organization

 

-SP- Tyler Anderson to Seattle for-

C-Carter Bins

SP-Joaquin Tejada

Tyler Anderson was brought in to make some starts for the Pirates and to be dealt at the deadline. He did a nice job, and the Pirates get rewarded with the signing by picking up a young catcher and pitcher. Bins, a 22-year-old catcher brings another bright young catcher to the organization that keeps adding some much-needed backstop help. Bins was hitting .244 with 8 HRS between A and AA. Tejada, only 18 is a young arm to stash and hope you get something 3-4 years from now.

 

-RP-Braeden Ogle to Philadelphia for-

C-Abraham Gutierrez

The Pirates almost had a deal to trade Tyler Anderson to the Phillies earlier but one of the prospects coming back to Pittsburgh had medical concerns. Gutierrez was to be a part of that deal. Well early on deadline day the two teams came to agreement on this deal. Ogle has a chance to play for the Phillies as soon as this year as he posted a 2-2 3.13 in 24 games at AAA Indianapolis. He also had 42 strikeouts in only 31.2 innings pitched and could be a nice lefty out of the pen. Cherington has added yet another catcher to the organization and it is now safe to say that catching is not a weakness anymore. Also, this deal was made to help Pittsburgh come RULE 5 time next year.

 

RP-Austin Davis to Boston for-

IF- Michael Chavis

The last trade of the day could be the one with the most impact (in my opinion) Davis, a 28-year-old relief pitcher who had a 5.59 ERA this season in 10 appearances for the Pirates. Chavis on the other hand is a 25-year-old former first round pick of the Red Sox has some potential upside. Chavis has 25 HRS in 572 ABS. That is the good news as Chavis also has struck out 209 times. Chavis has never had the chance to play day to day, and maybe an everyday player in Pittsburgh as a second baseman could bring out some of that first round pedigree. I am not betting on this, but for Austin Davis this is my favorite trade by Cherington during the week.

 

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