The Pirates are plus-one-minus-one in the major league portion of the 2010 Rule 5 Draft.
With the first pick of the draft, the Pirates took SS Josh Rodriguez from the Cleveland Indians.  The Houston native was Cleveland's second round pick in the 2006 draft, coming out of Rice University.  He moved up through their organization, spending all of 2008 and 2009 with AA Akron, though he appeared in only 33 games in 2009 --probably due to injury.  He hit .241 in 2008, with 7 homers and 49 RBI.  He was hitting better in 2009, with a .295 average and 12 RBI in those 33 games.  Rodriguez split the 2010 season between AA Akron, where he hit .317, and AAA Columbus.  In 86 games for the Clippers, after being promoted in late May, Rodriguez hit .293, with 23 doubles, 12 homers, and 46 RBI, and was a key player for the Clippers as they won the International League championship.  He had a particularly good June, hitting .380 with 5 homers and 15 RBI in 20 games.  His filding is not the best it could be -- something to work on.  As a Rule 5 draftee, Rodriguez will have to remain with the major league team in Pittsburgh, or else be returned (or at least offered back) to Cleveland.  Rodriguez will turn 26 years old next week.  

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Royals think they have a spot on their roster for pitcher Nate Adcock.   This 22-year-old righty was drafted by the Mariners in the 5th round of the 2006 draft, and came to the Pirates in July 2009 as part of the trade for Jack Wilson and Ian Snell.  Adcock had been at the Mariners' A+ level, and he plugged right into the Pirates' A+ team, which was then in Lynchburg.  He made 4 starts and 3 relief appearances over the last month of the 2009 season, earning a 3-2 record and a 5.25 ERA -- he had been 5-7 with a 5.29 ERA at A+ High Desert.  Adcock spent all of the 2010 season at the A+ level with the Bradenton Marauders, where he made 26 starts and one relief appearance.  He earned an 11-7 record and an improved 3.38 ERA.  He threw 141 innings, and allowed 131 hits, 53 earned runs, and 38 walks, with 113 strikeouts.  Adcock will have to remain on the Royals major league team, which means a three-level jump for him, or be returned to the Pirates.  

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