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Bucs grab Nunez in Rule 5 draft





DALLAS – On the final day of the Winter Meetings, the Pirates this morning took shortstop Gustavo Nunez from the Detroit Tigers system with the eighth overall pick in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft. Nunez, 23, last season hit a combined .276 with five homers and 26 RBI in 96 games for High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie. The switch-hitter was named to the Class A Florida State League midseason all-star team.

“He’s the classic defensive profile for a young shortstop,” Pirates GM Neal Huntington said. “The ability to field, throw and run. We recognize the challenges he faced at Double-A with the bat and we also recognize that he finished the season on the disabled list. We’ll take a look at him in spring training. It was a $25,000 gamble.” The Pirates must keep Nunez on their 25-man roster all season or offer him back to Detroit for half the $50,000 draft fee.

Also, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted right-hander Brett Lorin off the Pirates’ Triple-A roster. Beat writer Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic tweeted that the D’backs “like his delivery, size and especially his command.”

The Pirates took three players in the Triple-A phase of the draft: left-hander Aaron Poreda and catcher Francisco Diaz and Charles Cutler. Poreda was a first-round draft pick in 2007, but poor control has derailed his career. “We were kind of shocked to see (Porda) available,” director of baseball operations Tyrone Brooks said.



  1. Mackie says:

    Nobody does the Rule 5 draft like out Buccos!

  2. Jay Walker says:

    Allow me to be the first to nominate No-deal Neal for Executive of the Year.

  3. Hockey Rules says:

    If anyone sees me at the PNC Park ticket window, he has the right to shoot me. Please.

  4. Love Our says:

    Bet you didn’t know that Gustavo Nunez is Spanish for M-V-P!

  5. The Gunner says:

    I will shoot myelf in the head before I buy another Pirates ticket. Promise.

  6. Jay Walker says:

    We just flat out stole Gustavo Nunez!

  7. Darko says:

    How can the Jays build a lights-out rotation with young guys and we can’t find anyone last even five innings in August? Our baseball ops people haven’t done squat in five years.

  8. John Lease says:

    25K, at least we know the Pirates will spend that much.

  9. Jay Walker says:

    Darko: You mean the Rays, I assume.

  10. J.H.J. says:

    Occupy Pittsburgh should be at PNC Park next.

  11. Rock says:

    If spending doesn’t equate to winning, then why are the Red Sox, Phillies and Yankees in the playoffs every season? And the Rangers why were in the last two World Series? Coonelly is a blowhard.

  12. Nuttinghostage says:

    Rob – why did you ask Frank Coonelly to comment on the Marlins recent moves? –

    What has Coonelly ever accomplished in his baseball career that qualifies him to speak about what it takes to win at the MLB level?

    His clubs are renowned for operational blunders and dishonesty. – Not to mention not one club he has been associated with has ever lost few than 90 games?

    You need to find better commenters when you are writing about baseball.

  13. Jay Walker says:

    Who the heck is Coonelly to critique another MLB team? The guy is an egotistical jerk whose Buccos have yet to break 90 losses in a season.

  14. Howie says:

    Occupy Pittsburgh should be at Pirate Fest. Why should those people be allowed to steal money?

  15. Jay Walker says:

    On what basis should a starting job be Alvarez’s to lose? What has he done? Huntington is a joke. Boras scares the hell out of him.

  16. Cammy says:

    I thought this was the winter that our GM traded prospects for real players. Ha. Ha-ha. Ha-ha-ha . . .

  17. Dejan Shortpants says:

    Riddle me this: How can a newspaper with a $1 million partnership with the Pirates cover them fairly, accurately and aggressively?

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