NASHVILLE — For the first time since Neal Huntington became GM, the Pirates did not take a player in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft. It also is the first time since 2004 that the club did not make a selection. The list of those recent picks: Victor Santos (2005), Sean White (2006), Evan Meek (2007), Donnie Veal (2008), John Raynor (2009), Josh Rodriguez (2010) and Gustavo Nunez (2011). Meek became an All-Star, but quickly faded. Veal showed promise, but had surgery and moved out of the organization. Santos pitched in 25 games for the Pirates in 2006 and went 5-9 with a 5.70 ERA.
»»» In the Triple-A phase, the Pirates chose righty Phillip Ethan Hollingsworth from the Royals. Also, the Pirates lost infielder Elvys Gonzalez, who was taken by the Dodgers. At Triple-A Omaha last season, Hollingsworth pitched in 11 games (two starts) and went 2-3 with a 6.44 ERA and and 1.875 WHIP. Hollingsworth, 25, was a fourth-round pick in 2008. He’s pitched at Double-A and Triple-A in each of the past two seasons. The Pirates did not make any picks in the Double-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.