The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired 1B/OF Russ Canzler from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league pitcher Tim Alderson. Canzler is on the 40-man roster, and to make room the Pirates placed James McDonald on the 60-day DL. The Pirates have sent Canzler to Triple-A.
In his career in the majors, Canzler has a .271/.304/.396 line in 96 at-bats. In the minors this year he has a .276/.369/.430 line in 323 at-bats in Triple-A. What is interesting is his career success against left-handers.
2013: 1.346 OPS in 82 PA
2012: .860 OPS in 182 PA
2011: .921 OPS in 152 PA
2010: 1.013 OPS in 143 PA
2009: .568 OPS in 95 PA
2008: .925 OPS in 122 PA
With the exception of that 2009 year, Canzler has crushed lefties. That could be a key part to this addition. He has spent m...
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