The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded minor league third baseman/first baseman Stefan Welch to the Boston Red Sox. There was no word on the return, although last week the two teams made a similar deal with the Pirates acquiring right-handed pitcher Graham Godfrey, who is now pitching at Indianapolis.
Welch was hitting .149 with Altoona this season in 29 games this year, with a .466 OPS. The 24-year-old from Australia split last season between Bradenton and Altoona, hitting 13 homers and driving in 64 runs in 440 AB’s. He wasn’t on the Altoona active roster prior to the deal, recently being assigned to the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League.
Welch is in the lineup tonight for the Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League.+ posts
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