Pirates Claim Oscar Tejeda, DFA Doug Slaten

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed infielder/outfielder Oscar Tejeda off waivers from the Boston Red Sox, and have designated left-hander Doug Slaten for assignment. Tejeda has been assigned to Double-A.

Tejeda is a 22-year-old who is hitting for a .262/.294/.396 line in 202 at-bats in Double-A this year. Last year in Double-A he hit for a .249/.297/.339 line in 457 at-bats. Coming in to the year Baseball America had him rated as the 24th best prospect in Boston’s system. They profiled him as a potential .260 hitter with 15-20 home run power. He mostly plays second base now, but might outgrow the position and eventually move to a corner outfield spot.

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  • Todd Smith

    Pirates sure are clearing out a lot of space on their roster.

  • Greatone1210

    I’m actually happy with this pickup. Adds depth and who knows, may end up being pretty good in our system. Stranger things have happened.

  • Greatone1210

    Tim,

    Can you comment briefly on why we have not seen Brock Holt moved to Indy? I think he has earned some playing time at a higher level. He has been fairly solid at Altoona and could end up being a useful player in the majors if he can work out well at Indy.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      All I can say is that I’d like to see Holt moved up.

    • Lee Young

      I’d like to see him move up also, but everytime *I* have seen him, his defense has been lacking. Perhaps they want to see that improve? Another reason is that they have Navarro, Mercer, and d’Arnaud at AAA?

      He has the look of a utility IF, but he does have a nice bat.

      • Greatone1210

        I don’t think his defense is any worse than what we have currently.

        • Lee Young

          uhhhhhhhhhhh…..yes it is. say what you will about Barmes he is a MLB SS.

          • Greatone1210

            .963 fielding percentage and 9 errors. Not his best season at all. But i’ll indulge you for a moment and let’s say you are correct. His .202 average and -0.5 WAR certainly are not helped by his defense. Typically a bad defensive player makes up for it with offense. This is not the case here. So I do agree with you that it is possible for someone to come in who is worse at defense. But with his offense being absolutely putrid, it matters not at this point.

            • Lee Young

              And even in a bad season, I’lll take Barmes over Holt. That shows you what I think of Holt’s fielding at SS. He can be an adequate 2bman imho (think Johnny Ray), but that’s about it.

  • ecbucs

    Not sure I would have traded Slaten straight up for him. Looks like he has played strictly outfield this year,has low average, walks less than Marte and based upon his base stealing he doens’t seem to have better than average speed.

    • scrappy2499

      He wasn’t traded for…He was picked up off the waiver wire it looks like.

  • Lee Young
  • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

    Why waste moves on guys like this? How is this guy any better than the three utility guys ALREADY on the roster?

  • SweetNick

    Tim,

    Whatever happened to Aaron Poreda?

  • Matt Beam

    any insight on why Thomas and Ross have not signed yet? Thomas is a college junior and not signing doesn’t make much sense unless the Pirates are really low balling him, which I can’t imagine as I was expecting about slot for him… thought Ross would also be about slot but with a college as an option maybe he’s holding out for above slot and the Pirates are unwilling to do so with Appel and/or Buehler being better above slot options?