Pirates Claim Two Players Off of Waivers

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have claimed catcher Zack Collins from the Toronto Blue Jays and right-handed pitcher Junior Fernandez from the St Louis Cardinals. Both players have been optioned to Indianapolis. There was already one open spot on the 40-man roster from earlier today. To open a second spot, left-handed pitcher Cam Vieaux has been designated for assignment.

Collins was the tenth overall draft pick in the 2016 draft out of the University of Miami. The 27-year-old has spent parts of four seasons in the majors, combining for a .195/.306/.347 slash line in 140 games, with a career -0.8 WAR, due in part to below average defensive numbers each season. His .682 OPS in 26 games this season in the best of his career. He has shown some power in the minors, but it has come with a low average and high strikeout rates.

The 25-year-old Fernandez has a similar story to Collins, as they both have played four partial seasons in the majors and both are having their best season this year. He has a 2.93 ERA in 15.1 innings over 13 appearances for the Cardinals this year. In his four seasons, he has a 5.51 ERA/5.57 FIP, a 1.74 WHIP, and 45 strikeouts in 50.2 innings over 47 appearances. While he has a low ERA in the majors this year, he has a 5.45 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP in 36.1 innings at Triple-A this season.

Vieaux has a 10.38 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP in 8.2 innings over eight appearances with the Pirates this season, his first in the majors at 28 years old. He has pitched well in Triple-A this season, posting a 2.80 ERA and an 0.87 WHIP in 45 innings.

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mpg43952

Man, Ben’s got a bit of a hoarding problem with these waiver claims!

MB21

Why bother? Shifting deck chairs may be fun but the Titanic still sank.

roberto

You’re just upset at Cam’s DFA. If you’ve got some free time for research, how about sharing a list of teams that haven’t made similar moves in 2022.

MB21

Actually, I could care less about Cam’s DFA. I just think there are more pressing issues for this management than gathering flotsam in the middle of September. I get that everybody does this but for a floundering non-contender at this point in the season, especially the catcher claim, just seems rather pointless or obscenely hilarious. I just can’t decide which.

jon6er

Would be nice to see Endy finish in Indy.

1979andCounting

A relief pitcher who had success in the Cardinals org…….yeah, count me in.

NMR

Definitely remember Collins from his draft year, same as big bodied, big school college bats Matt Thaiss and Will Craig busted as first round picks.

Blood path, yikes.

ricramer

Not seeing any upside here.

TNBucs

Yeah, neither have options remaining after this season so would need to stick on the MLB roster next year and if we’re counting on either to be a contributor at the MLB level, Ben probably hasn’t had a very good offseason. That said, Collins provides some depth if they don’t re-sign Perez and Fernandez averaged nearly 99 mph on his FB, so who knows?

NMR

Fernandez was one of the better relief prospects in baseball a few years back. Looks like he completely flipped his repertoire from 4-seam-change to sinker-slider this season.

AdministrativeSky236

Hopefully we learned something for fastball shape that we can unlock with him

roberto

And if we can’t, he gets waived.

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