Pirates Claim Two, Outright Pagnozzi

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed RHP Jeremy Hefner from San Diego and C Brian Jeroloman from Toronto, the team just announced. Catcher Matt Pagnozzi has been outrighted to Indianapolis.  That leaves four open spots on the 40-man roster for Rule 5 candidates to be protected.

Hefner pitched for the Padres’ AAA affiliate in 2011, putting up a 4.98 ERA and a 120:61 K/BB ratio in 157.1 innings.  The right hander turns 26 in March, and throws an 89-91 MPH fastball that tops out at 93, along with a slider, and a changeup.  All three pitches grade as average.  He was the 15th best prospect in the Padres’ system according to Baseball America prior to the 2011 season.  He profiles as a back of the rotation starter.

Jeroloman hit for a .240/.335/.295 line in 271 at-bats in the PCL last year, which was down from his .265 average and .876 OPS between AA and AAA in 2010.  He was the 12th best prospect in Toronto’s system prior to the 2009 season.  He excels defensively with good hands, good blocking skills, good communication with his pitchers, and a pop time consistently in the 1.9 range.  He profiles more as a backup catcher due to his bat, and will likely take Pagnozzi’s role as the emergency catcher out of AAA.

Pagnozzi has been outrighted to AAA and is eligible for minor league free agency if he chooses to decline the outright assignment.  He was originally claimed by the Pirates in September.

UPDATE 5:24 PM: Check out these two links at The Friarhood for more information on Hefner: Interview and Player Profile.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

    Dumpster diving again, why waste those spots on 40 man for guys who aren’t very good?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VG2DTCDBCSAPFH4V5EKVJ4RJQ4 Steve

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they are DFAd today.  Since we will be the last to to that , if they clear waivers they will serve as minor league depth.  It is unlikely that someone else will save room on their 40 man for these guys, and they won’t hit waivers until later, forcing teams to DFA a current player, or use a spot set aside for a FA signing or Rule 5 pick.  That is, if I understand this transaction thing correctly.

  • Anonymous

    I have not figured out why they got Pagnozzi in the first place, he is not going to make the 25 man, he is not going to catch at AAA with Sanchez arriving and either the Fort or Jaramillo going back to AAA.
    Lack of catchers burned them last year with all the injuries, but that was a fluke.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VG2DTCDBCSAPFH4V5EKVJ4RJQ4 Steve

      My guess is that they wanted him for minor league depth.  When they picked him up, they got an up close look at him, along with the opportunity to have their doctors look at him.  If they are satisfied, then they can offer him a minor league contract.  I would imagine that he accepts.

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