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.

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  1. This sounds like there was a non-baseball issue with Welch – why would a guy who played, and performed reasonably well, in high A and AA last year, be assigned to a rookie team??

    Was he hurt or was there a disciplinary issue?

    • He was really struggling this year and they had a logjam at Altoona all year. More players than roster spots. When everyone was healthy, he was the odd man out. The roster assignment to Jamestown was just because he had to be somewhere. It was a paper move. Usually those guys either stay with the team and don’t dress for the game, or they go back to Extended Spring Training. In this case, he was traded.

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