Who did the Pittsburgh Pirates give up?


We have given you looks at each of the players the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired before the trade deadline. Now, we will give you a brief look at the players we have lost.

SS/OF JaCoby Jones was sent to the Detroit Tigers for RHP Joakim Soria. Jones is slated to join the Tigers Double A affiliate, the Erie SeaWolves for now. Jones had played the majority of the season with the Pirates Single A affiliate, the Bradenton Marauders. He was just recently called up to the Pirates Double A affiliate, the Altoona Curve.  As we told you before, “MLB Pipeline had Jones ranked as the Pirates 12th-best prospect, while Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects had him as the Pirates’ 19th-best prospect.” His slash line this season at Single A was .253/.313/.396. In four hundred twenty three plate appearances, he had ninety-six hits, including ten home runs and fifty-eight RBIs. He walked thirty one times and struck out one hundred thirteen times. Last season he struck out one hundred thirty two times while walking thirty three times. Despite the Pirates recent shortstop issues, we do see some depth at the position in the system currently with Jung Ho Kang, Jordy MercerPedro Florimon, Gift Ngoepe, Gustavo Nunez, Adam Frazier, Cole Tucker, Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer.

RHP Adrian Sampson was sent to the Seattle Mariners for LHP J.A. Happ. Sampson will join the Mariners Triple A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainers. Sampson had been one of the top starting pitchers for the Pirates Triple A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians for most of the season. Pirates Prospects had Sampson rated 16th overall. In twenty-one starts, he has a record of 8-8 and a 3.98 ERA. He also was leading the Indians with ninety-five strikeouts. However, in his last nine starts, he was 2-5 with two no decisions. Many project Sampson as a back of the rotation type guy. However, the Pirates have several of those type of guys and pitching depth, despite injuries to some, looks good for the future. Tyler Glasnow, Nick Kingham, Jameson Taillon, Chad Kuhl, Angel Sanchez, Brandon Cumpton, Casey Sadler, Chris Volstad, Wilfredo Boscan, Radhames Liz, Jason Creasy are just a few at the upper two levels of the Pirates farm system. This is just a short list as we have several pitchers that are showing promise throughout the rest of the system.

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RHP Yhonathan Barrios was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers for 3B Aramis Ramirez. Barrios has reported to the Brewers Double A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers. As we told you before, Pirates Prospects had Barrios rated 49th overall. He started the season at Double A Altoona and collected ten saves and had a 1.46 ERA in twenty appearances. Then he was sent up to Triple A Indianapolis, where he had thirteen appearances and a 4.60 ERA. He can hit 99 mph on the radar gun and had struck out twenty-one this season while walking seventeen. He is a reliever and we have depth in the system. Blake Wood, John Holdzkom, Brad Lincoln, Bobby LaFromboise, John Kuchno, A.J. Morris, Deolis Guerra, Josh Wall, Jhondaniel Medina, Tom Harlan, Jeremy Bleich are just a few of the relievers currently at the top two levels of the Pirates farm system. This too is just a short list as we have several pitchers that are showing promise throughout the rest of the system.

OF Jose Tabata was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers for  Michael Morse. Tabata will report to the Dodgers Triple A affiliate, Oklahoma City. We have given you many posts about Jose Tabata so I don’t feel the need to go into many details. Many fans will be glad to see “Neck Lips” finally gone from the Pirates system. Here are a few links to some of our recent posts on Tabata. First would be a fan favorite by Jon Anderson, Pittsburgh Pirates Tabata has best life. We told you back in May that Tabata should be traded before it is too late.

INF Justin Sellers was sent to the White Sox in exchange for either cash or a player to be named later. Sellers has reported to the White Sox Triple A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights. Sellers has spent the majority of this season on the 60-Day Disabled List with an achilles tendon injury. He didn’t get to play a game for the Pirates. He is an infielder and has played second base, third base and shortstop. Sellers only had fifty two at bats this season between the GCL Pirates, Bradenton Marauders and Indianapolis Indians.

LHP Jayson Aquino was sent to the Cleveland Indians for cash. Jayson had been acquired by the Pirates in May from the Toronto Blue Jays. Aquino spent his short time with the Pirates at Single A in Bradenton. As you can see, he has bounced around already this season so it isn’t a big loss for the Pirates organization.

As you can see, the players we have traded away aren’t going to cause any major issues to the farm system. We showed you that the positions have adequate depth. The final two haven’t been in the system very long. And, finally, we kissed “Neck Lips” goodbye…

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