Pittsburgh Pirates' infield prospect Jim Negrych has been traded to the Florida Marlins, according to Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror. Giger reported earlier this week that Negrych wanted to either be promoted to AAA, or released.
Negrych is definitely deserving of a spot in AAA, as he put up a .295/.372/.416 line in 166 at-bats last year. That followed a .274/.366/.361 line in 230 at-bats in Altoona. However, his defense has never been strong, and he lacks power, which limits him as a bench or utility player.
The Pirates have a few players competing for bench spots in AAA, with Pedro Ciriaco serving as a utility player, Andy Marte still in the system, and Corey Wimberly also competing for playing time. Brian Friday is also in the infield mix, and the Pirates potentially have Chase D'Arnaud, Jordy Mercer, and Josh Harrison competing for starting time. That crunch is basically what forced Negrych out of the system.
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