Pirates demote Cruz, trade Andy Phillips
The Pirates demoted Luis Cruz from the 25-man roster to make room for Delwyn Young. I expected this move a few days ago, and as a result have already made the adjustment on the 25-man roster page.
In a move to make room for Cruz, the Pirates traded Andy Phillips to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Michael Dubee. Dubee is a 23 year old right handed pitcher. His highest level is high A, where he posted a 4.37 ERA last year, with some solid ratios (7.86 K/9, 2.43 K/BB, 1.05 HR/9). Also, in the spirit of yesterday’s article on ground ball ratios, Dubee had a 50.6% ground ball rate last season.
I don’t expect Dubee to be the next great Pirates pitching prospect. It’s more of an organizational depth move, as Dubee didn’t rank anywhere in Baseball America’s rundown of White Sox prospects. He will likely go to Lynchburg.
The Neal Huntington trade history page is updated with the move.
I didn’t do a game write up yesterday, mostly because I was out during the day when most of the game was on. However, here are the MVP tracker adjustments:
-One negative point for Jeff Karstens. 4 IP, 3 ER, and 5 walks.
-One negative point for Sean Burnett for his three run homer to Lance Berkman. The Pirates were in the game until this point.
-One negative point for Jason Jaramillo for grounding in to a double play with one out and runners at first and third. This was right after the first hit of the season by Andy LaRoche. Can’t waste an opportunity when LaRoche gets on base.
-One negative point for Freddy Sanchez for the 17 pitch at bat. I saw the at-bat on TV, then went back over it on Gameday to see the pitch location. The first five pitches were out of the strike zone, but Sanchez only took two for balls. Seven of the first ten pitches were out of the strike zone. After ball three (pitch 7), Sanchez fouled off ball four on three different occasions. A 17 pitch at bat is nice if you’re facing Tim Lincecum while he’s piping fastballs down the middle and the end result is that it removes him from the game. When you’re facing Chris Sampson, who just allowed a single and gave up a four pitch walk to Jack Wilson, a 17 pitch at bat is worthless.