The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded minor league left-handed pitcher Jayson Aquino to the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations. Aquino was picked up from the Toronto Blue Jays on May 10th in a deal that also involved cash considerations. He was designated for assignment on July 22nd, when the Pirates added Pedro Florimon to the 40-man roster.

Aquino is 22 years old and he’s in his sixth season of pro ball. He made 13 starts for Bradenton, posting a 3.78 ERA in 78.2 innings, with a .252 BAA and a 19:50 BB/SO ratio. We posted a very throughout report on him shortly after he joined the system, with input from multiple scouts and coaches. He was sitting 89-93 MPH that day and scouts said he had a chance to be a lefty reliever in the majors. The main problem is that he had already used two options, so if he remained with the team, he would have needed to stick in the majors by Opening Day in 2017.

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    • This has to be what has consumed his time while competition working to improve. Come Friday at 4 will anything have changed to the 25 man roster but Gorkys probably back.

  1. Small sample size and he’s old for the level…but for real, Carlos Munoz is RAKING…2 2B and another HR. Holy cow

    • He is starting to become a huge story. It would be great to see him get challenged the last month of the season at another level. Speaking of guys putting up gaudy numbers, what do you do with Radhames Liz right now? Back to the pen in the MLB or keep on dominating in the rotation until he is needed. I think that is probably the answer. He has been incredible.

    • It’s 2017 he has to stick on the Opening Day roster. That means someone doing okay in High-A, has to jump three levels next year, which probably isn’t going to happen. That’s a huge jump for someone to be Major League ready.

      Tim also put together a big article on the upcoming Rule 5 crunch and Aquino had no shot of lasting through that, too many prospects ahead of him

    • He is doing well, but there is a lot not to like at this point. He’s 21 and repeating Bristol. He is 0-for-4 in steals and has just eight in three years. He has a 5:26 BB/SO ratio in 24 games and that’s been a problem all three seasons. He switched from shortstop to second base this spring and his defense is below average there too.

      • Nice job John – he has all of the readily visible attributes, but the peripherals are not good enough to move forward. In all of these kids, age balanced against skill has to be a major consideration. College kids who start the process at age 21 or 22 are way behind. And teams draft them and then start them at the same level inhabited by many HS graduates or International signees. That makes no sense at all.

  2. The Pirates rolled the dice on a lot of LHP picked up in every possible way, and now is the time to shed the leftovers.

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