The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted shortstop Gustavo Nunez from the Detroit Tigers in the 2011 Rule 5 draft. Nunez, 23, has played as high as the AA level. Nunez had a .215/.252/.289 line at the AA level in 121 at-bats, his only at-bats above high-A. He hit for a .304/.368/.431 line in high-A last year, showing good plate patience. Nunez was the 23rd best prospect in the Detroit farm system heading in to the 2011 season, according to Baseball America. He's got strong defense at short, and was named the best defensive shortstop in the Florida State League in 2010.
The Pirates also had one player selected from their organization when Arizona took Brett Lorin. Lorin spent the entire 2011 season in high-A, putting up a 2.84 ERA in 117.1 innings, along with a 7.6 K/9 and a 1.5 BB/9.
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