The Pittsburgh Pirates made some moves yesterday to fill the organization with more talent when they signed Fernando Nieve, Dusty Brown, and Andy Marte. Of course, these players have serious work to do in order to make it to PNC Park.
The ladies of Pittsburgh are thrilled and busy swooning all over his Facebook fan page today. Well, my wife was anyway. Brown received some nice words for his ten years of service with the Red Sox organization. (click the links for the nice words)
Brown, known for his defensive ability, had a breakout year in Pawtucket in 2008, batting .290 with 12 home runs and 55 RBI in 84 games.—Kevin Thomas, Maine Today
Could Brown stick around the bigs? Why not? He has the bonus of having pitched in the big leagues-that is helpful in Pittsburgh. But seriously, remember when we told you Jason Jaramillo was struggling to hit down south this year? That hasn’t changed much. So it’s nice to have an extra glove around the club that has major league experience. One never knows when someone might want to whisk away Chris Snyder. Yeh.
Now about Andy Marte and Fernando Nieve, well…there are no Mets fans pissed today. If it was up to them, they would have sent Nieve out of town on a midnight train after that awful start this season.
In Cleveland, the ultimate in hardcore fan hatred is about to be thrust upon Lebron tonight, so we can’t be sure they even remember they have a baseball team right now. It is a familar story with Marte. The one-time super prospect has left a trail of disappointment throughout the clubhouses he once graced.
Fangraphs took a look at Marte getting another shot:
It was all downhill from there. Marte hasn’t hit in the Majors at all and, even in the minors, his patience deserted him, resulting in subpar OBPs. The power was still there, though. Marte slugged 31 HRs in just under 800 PAs between ’06 and ’07. As a result, it was somewhat believable that Marte had finally returned to form in 2009. In 326 AAA PAs, the former stud prospect hit like a stud prospect again, posting a .327/.369/.593 triple slash and earning yet another callup to the majors. Although his most recent stint (which ran through 2010) wasn’t as disastrous at the plate as his previous ones, his 81 wRC+ reinforced the fact that Marte isn’t the hitter who was once a top 10 prospect.—Jack Moore, Fan Graphs
Wahoo Blues called Andy Marte the Indians best…pitcher. Yeh, he did look good against the Yankees didn’t he?
A grounder, a strikeout, and a weak liner later, the inning was over. Yes, I said a strikeout—he got Nick Swisher to whiff on three pitches.– Lewie Pollis, Wahoo Blues
Fernando Nieve is going to get a shot at the Pirates starting rotation. Nice. Nieve recently won an award for his 2010 performance as a starter. Amazin’ Avenue gave numerous votes to Fernando Nieve as the Mets worst starter. Nieve started one time? Now that is some legendary shit.
Fernando Nieve was only given one start, and while it was an unmitigated stinker (two innings, five runs, three walks against the Brewers), it was still just two innings- Eric Simon, Amazin Avenue
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