Pirates Trade Stefan Welch To Red Sox

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded minor league third baseman/first baseman Stefan Welch to the Boston Red Sox. There was no word on the return, although last week the two teams made a similar deal with the Pirates acquiring right-handed pitcher Graham Godfrey, who is now pitching at Indianapolis.

Welch was hitting .149 with Altoona this season in 29 games this year, with a .466 OPS. The 24-year-old from Australia split last season between Bradenton and Altoona, hitting 13 homers and driving in 64 runs in 440 AB’s. He wasn’t on the Altoona active roster prior to the deal, recently being assigned to the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League.

Welch is in the lineup tonight for the Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    This sounds like there was a non-baseball issue with Welch – why would a guy who played, and performed reasonably well, in high A and AA last year, be assigned to a rookie team??

    Was he hurt or was there a disciplinary issue?

    • John Dreker

      He was really struggling this year and they had a logjam at Altoona all year. More players than roster spots. When everyone was healthy, he was the odd man out. The roster assignment to Jamestown was just because he had to be somewhere. It was a paper move. Usually those guys either stay with the team and don’t dress for the game, or they go back to Extended Spring Training. In this case, he was traded.

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

        One less aussie in the system.

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