Eliecer Navarro will head to Puerto Rico next week

Pirates Re-Sign Two Minor League Free Agents

The Pirates have re-signed Eliecer Navarro.

The Pirates have re-signed Eliecer Navarro.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed two minor league free agents, according to Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions. The two players who were re-signed were Eliecer Navarro and Andy Vasquez.

Navarro had a strong season with Bradenton, putting up a 2.86 ERA as a starter in 69.1 innings, with an 8.0 K/9 and a 1.7 BB/9. He’s got great off-speed stuff, and he’s left-handed, which is going to lead to great results in A-ball. The numbers weren’t strong for Navarro in Double-A, with a 4.52 ERA in 75.2 innings, along with a 6.5 K/9 and a 4.2 BB/9 ratio. He should return as upper level rotation depth.

Vasquez spent last season getting time off Altoona’s bench. He had a .248/.293/.344 line in 262 at-bats. He’s only an organizational player, but provides value by being able to play almost every position. In 2013 he played every position except catcher and first base, and that included one appearance as a relief pitcher. The only position he hasn’t played in his career is catcher.

The Pirates also re-signed Rudy Pena, Greg Picart, Austin McClune, and Anthony Norman. All four were minor league coaches this past year, and they should all resume that role in 2014.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 leefoo

      not to be even MORE nitpicky, but I was wrong, too….McClune

      Where is Nate McClouth when you need him….lol

      • NorCal Buc

        ONE of the great trades of Pirates lore: Nate McClouth for Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke and Gorkys Hernandez, who was traded for Gabby Sanchez.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrishale525 Chris Hale

    Tim I was wondering about Jameson Taillon. I would really like your insight here because I have never been around him enough to know what kind of player he is. It’s probably wrong of me to ask but what is his work ethic like. Does he seem to really love the game? He doesn’t seem to me like he has that Gerrit Cole fire. Every player is different, but It just seem to me like Taillon is underachieving a bit . Maybe it’s just me. I know that you shouldn’t look into minor league number from a talented starter like jT too much but I was just wondering what type of player we have here. The Upside is high as the sky

    • Gallatin

      Taillon loves the game and is a more cerebral pitcher than Cole. Jameson understands the art of pitching pretty well for a minor leaguer.

      Not sure if he hates to lose as like Cole though, who is a much more emotional player IMO.

      At least, that’s what I done read on the Interwebs this year.

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