Pittsburgh Pirates Conclude Travis Snider Trade With Baltimore Orioles


The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Friday that they have obtained the player to be named later in the Travis Snider trade with the Baltimore Orioles.

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The Bucs secured left-handed pitcher Steven Brault from Baltimore’s Single-A Advanced Frederick Keys of the Carolina League.

Brault, who will turn 23 in April, was an 11th round selection of the Orioles in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound southpaw put up an 11-8 record with a 2.77 ERA and a 0.984 WHIP in 24 starts over 25 games in 2014. He split the season between the Class-A Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League and Frederick.

The El Cajon, Calif. native recorded 124 strikeouts in 146 1/3 innings of work. According to the scouts, Brault’s fastball sits at 88 to 92 miles per hour. They also say he has a decent slider and change-up that could improve in the future. The folks at Baseball America ranked him as the No. 18 prospect in the Orioles farm system coming into 2015.

The trade from Tuesday, Jan. 27 is now complete with the Pirates sending Travis Snider to the Orioles in a transaction for Brault and left-handed pitcher Stephen Tarpley.

Tarpley, who just turned 22 on Feb. 17, was Baltimore’s third-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound lefty played his second professional season in 2014 for the Aberdeen Ironbirds, the Orioles Short-Season Single-A affiliate in the New York/Penn League.

The Gilbert, Arizona native was 3-5 over 12 starts and 13 appearances with a 3.68 ERA. He threw a total of 66 innings, compiling 60 strikeouts, 24 walks, and a 1.409 WHIP.

From The Clipboard: The three-person arbitration board ruled in Pedro Alvarez‘s favor and awarded him a $5.75 million salary. The the team was advocating a $5.25 million contract.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound first baseman, who turned 28 on Feb. 6, started working out Thursday at Pirate City. It should be noted that position players do not have to report till Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs has put together his Top 200 prospects list and it includes seven Pirates. Right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow checks in at No. 12, outfielder Austin Meadows is No. 30, and right-handed pitcher Jameson Taillon comes in at No. 66.

Outfielder Josh Bell is listed at 103 and right-handed pitcher Nick Kingham is No. 111 according to McDaniel. Shortstop Alen Hanson and catcher Reese McGuire are in the 143 to 200 grouping.

During the off-season, Neal Huntington and the Bucs made two improvements in Bradenton. One was a new clubhouse at McKechnie Field. The interior is currently being completed. The other was a new Performance Center for the players to work out in at Pirate City.

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