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Upcoming Pirates Minor League Free Agents

The following Pittsburgh Pirates players will be eligible for minor league free agency during the 2010/2011 off-season:

Brian Bass
Doug Bernier
Rodolfo Cardona*
Yung Chi Chen*
Dana Eveland
Hector Gimenez
Corey Hamman
Derek Hankins
Mitch Jones
Erik Kratz
Jean Machi
Kevin Melillo
Dustin Molleken
Brian Myrow
Greg Picart
Jeremy Powell
Milver Reyes
James Skelton*
Jonathan Van Every
Tyler Yates

* = Player will be first time eligible for minor league free agency

There aren’t really any players on this list who project as anything more than future bench or bullpen players, and most are just minor league depth.  Some of the notable names:

Erik Kratz – He was eligible for minor league free agency last year, and re-signed with the Pirates in September, which is very early.  Kratz seems to be highly regarded by the Pirates, as he spent time on the 40-man roster and in the majors this year.  I could see him sticking around for another season.

Dana Eveland – Eveland joined the Pirates this year in the Ronald Uviedo trade, and stuck around after being outrighted to AAA.  Eveland didn’t have the best numbers at AAA, with a 7.96 ERA in 26 innings with Indianapolis.  At one point in his career, Eveland looked promising.  The one upside in AAA was that his control issues seemed fine, with a 26:6 K/BB ratio in his 26 innings.

Hector Gimenez – Gimenez had a great year in Altoona, although he was a little old for the level.  Gimenez hit for a .305/.384/.533 line with 16 homers in 338 at-bats, and was named the team MVP.  Despite the numbers, which came at the age of 27, he doesn’t project to be more than a backup catcher, and I wouldn’t rank him above Kratz or Jason Jaramillo.

Any player who re-signs with the Pirates prior to December 9, 2010 will be eligible for the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  That may be an issue for someone like Kratz (assuming he re-signs a minor league deal again), as teams would be able to draft him away from the Pirates and use him as their backup catcher.

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Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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