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After the major league part of the 2010 Rule 5 Draft, in which the Pirates chose SS Josh Rodriguez from the Cleveland Indians, the draft moved on to the minor league section.
In the AAA part, the Pirates chose OF Brad Chalk from the Padres. Chalk, who will turn 25 in January, was drafted by the Padres in the 2nd round of the 2007 amateur draft. He played at A level Fort Wayne in 2008, and hit .275 with 43 RBI. He moved up to A+ Lake Elsinore in 2009, where he hit .301, with 2 home runs and 63 RBI. The South Carolina native split the 2010 season between Lake Elsinore, AA San Antonio, and AAA Portland. About half of his season was at the AA level, where he hit .214 with 15 RBI in 65 games. At AAA Portland, Chalk hit .313 with 5 RBI in 27 games, but in late June, he was sent to AA, and then in early August, he was moved down to A+. Not clear what was going on there. Not a lot of power in his swing, but at least at the AAA level, he was getting on base often.
C Travis Scott was chosen from the Angels in the next round of the AAA part of the draft. This Milwaukee native was drafted out of college in Illinois by the Mariners in the 20th round of the 2005 draft. He moved slowly up through the Mariners' organization, reaching as high as AA West Tennessee for 4 games in 2010. Scott began the 2010 season with A+ High Desert, where he hit .269 with 5 homers and 22 RBI, then was moved to West Tennesee at the end of May. But after just those 4 games, he was released. Scott played for Rockford in the independent Northern League for 65 games, where he hit .300, with 5 homers and 29 RBI. He must have been picked up by the Angels at some point, but did not get to play in their organization before being selected in this draft.
Because Chalk and Scott were chosen in the minor league portion of the draft, they do not have the same requirement to stick with the big league club for the season. The Pirates can assign them where ever they see fit.
Also joining the Pirates' organization today is starting pitcher Cesar Valdez. Valdez is the player-to-be-named in the trade that sent Zach Duke to the Diamondbacks. Valdez is a Dominican native, who made 18 starts (plus 2 relief appearances) for AAA Reno in the D'backs' organization in 2010. He earned a 6-10 record with a 5.90 ERA. In 97.2 innings, he allowed 110 hits and 64 runs, with 49 walks and 92 strikeouts. Valdez also pitched for Reno in 2009, with slightly better results: a 7-6 record and a 4.78 ERA in 96 innings, with 103 hits, 51 runs, and 30 walks. He had only 30 strikeouts that season. Valdez has been playing in his native Venezuela this winter, making 7 starts and one relief appearance for Los Toros del Licey. He has a 3-1 record with a 4.14 ERA. In 37 innings, he has allowed 36 hits and 10 walks, with 21 strikeouts. Valdez is not automatically added to the 40-man roster, though it's likely he'll be invited to big league camp for spring training and be given a shot to make the major league team.