Pirates Acquire Atahualpa Severino From the Royals

According to Bob Dutton of Royals Report, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Atahualpa Severino from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations.

Severino is a left-handed pitcher who has pitched 4.2 innings in the majors, all coming in 2011. This year in the minors the 28-year-old has a 3.00 ERA in 9 innings, with a 10:6 K/BB ratio. As expected, he generally has a ground ball rate around 50% for his career. According to a 2009 Baseball America scouting report, Severino throws 89-93 MPH and touches 94, throwing a four seamer and a two seamer.

Severino will go to Indianapolis, probably to replace Mike Zagurski who is now in the majors. This is a minor move which happens to come with the difficult task of remembering how to spell Atahualpa.

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  • https://profiles.google.com/109574077056716189484 Joel Davis

    Could this be preempting the fact that we probably won’t have Zagurski much longer. I assume he’s gone when Morton comes back and I’m also assuming he’s out of options. Thoughts?

    • leadoff

      IMO, it is because Black is down and Welker is ineffective at this point, also he is a left handed pitcher that they can curtail his 4 seam fastball somewhat and get him to use the 2 seamer and whalla, you have another of Neals Jewels.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

        Just so they aren’t Neal’s Family Jewels, I am ok with it.