Pirates Take Gustavo Nunez in Rule 5, Lose Brett Lorin

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.

UPDATE 10:23 AM: The Pirates take left hander Aaron Poreda from San Diego. Poreda has 13.1 innings of major league experience, with a 2.70 ERA and a 12:13 K/BB ratio in that time. He was part of the Jake Peavy trade in 2009. In 2011 at the AAA level he had a 5.43 ERA in 69.2 innings, along with a 10.2 K/9 and an 8.1 BB/9. Control is obviously an issue, but Poreda is more than the normal high-A/AA bench player that gets selected.

UPDATE 10:30 AM: Pirates make two more picks in the AAA phase, selecting catcher Francisco Diaz from Philadelphia. Diaz has never played higher than high-A, and had a .211/.315/.257 line in 109 at-bats in low-A last year. The Pirates also took catcher Charles Cutlet from the St. Louis Cardinals’ AA roster. Cutler hit for a .333/.398/.475 line in 204 at-bats at the AA level last year. Both players will likely serve as depth options in high-A/AA next year. The Pirates passed on a fourth pick in the AAA phase, and didn’t take anyone in the AA phase.

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