The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost right fielder Jerry Sands on waivers to the Tampa Bay Rays. Earlier today, we heard that Ryan Reid was picked up by the New York Mets. Both Sands and Reid were designated for assignment on December 13th when the Pirates officially signed Edinson Volquez and Clint Barmes and added them to the 40 man roster.
Sands came over to the Pirates last December in the Joel Hanrahan trade with the Boston Red Sox. Sands was a very early cut during Spring Training this year and spent the season with the AAA Indianapolis Indians, where he hit .207/.311/.329 in 106 games. He was playing Winter ball in Puerto Rico this off-season and was having trouble there as well. He hit .238, with 26 strikeouts in 25 games. He recently returned home.
With the acquisition of Jaff Decker from the Padres, the emergence of Andrew Lambo and both Travis Snider and Jose Tabata returning, there wasn't much room for Sands in the Pirates system....
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.