The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed shortstop Engelb Vielma from the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday afternoon. The 23-year-old Vielma has been claimed off waivers three times since September. He has two options remaining and the Pirates now have 38 spots filled on their 40-man roster.
Vielma was originally signed by the Minnesota Twins as an international free agent in 2011 out of Venezuela. Baseball America placed him among the top 30 prospects for the Twins each year from 2014-16, topping out at 18th best in 2015. That season, he was also the 19th best prospect in the Florida State League.
According to his 2016 scouting report from BA, Vielma is a plus defender at shortstop, who was the best in the Minnesota system at the position.
While he has hit for average, he doesn't walk a lot...
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