In yet another head-scratcher your Pittsburgh Pirates selected SS Gustavo Nunez in the Rule V draft. For the Pirates to keep Nunez he will have to spend the season with the big club.
That presents a bit of a problem because Nunez has played a whopping 34 games at Double A, his highest level.
Even more problematic than the lack of polish is the fact that he will borrow the bat of Pedro Ciriaco. That’s right the Pirates got rid of Pedro Ciriaco and then took the less polished, less ML ready version in the Rule V draft.
In five minor league seasons Nunez has an OPS of just .669. His highest OPS was in A ball where he managed a “sky high” .785. In 1,819 minor league at bats Nunez has hit 13 home runs.
He does bring some speed to the table, stealing 20+ bases in three straight seasons, including 44 in 2009.
A no-hit decent glove shortstop? Not impressed, and I’m very skeptical that he will stay on the roster all year.
The Pirates did keep two Rule V picks in Huntington’s tenure, Donald Veal and Evan Meek. Two in a row? Decent strategy huh?
Well since then the Pirates have not taken another pitcher, and they haven’t kept another player. Both John Raynor and Josh Rodriguez were both sent back to their respective teams. John Raynor is out of the league and the Pirates eventually traded for Rodriguez again.
The Pirates also took LHP Aaron Poreda who is a former first round pick, and a big piece of the Jake Peavy trade. Poreda is actually pretty interesting as he has actually spent time in the majors, though it was just 14 games.
He has struggled mightily with control though, walking nearly a batter an inning. Still he is a big body who has decent stuff, and at least a bit of upside if the Pirates see something they can fix. He will not have to be put on the 25 man roster.
The Pirates did lose pitcher Brett Lorin, being selected by the Diamondbacks. Lorin had a really good season, but it came in A ball as a 24 year old. The numbers are good, but the age wasn’t. There is at least a chance they will get him back.