What has become of all those pickups?

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

When the Pirates announced yesterday that they had acquired recently-designated-for-assignment pitcher Sean Gallagher, it got me thinking…

Boy, it sure seems like the Pirates have picked up a whole bunch of players designated for assignment over the past few years, though I don’t have numbers to compare how active the Pirates are in this area compared to other teams.

However, I thought it might be interesting to go back and see who all these acquisitons were and how they all panned out. In short, the results haven’t been very good, though I guess that’s to be expected given that other teams took each of these players off their 40-man rosters to begin with.

By my count (and I hope I didn’t overlook anyone in my research), since taking over as general manager, Neal Huntington has taken 19 players who were designated by assignment. He’s gotten these players either through trades or off waivers.

Who are they and how have they done? Take a look for yourself…

OF Kevin Thompson (10/15/07) from Athletics; off waivers

  • What he did for Pirates: Nothing
  • Where he is now: Hasn’t played since ’09
  • One sentence summation: The Pirates released him in June 2008 after Thompson spend only a couple months in Triple-A.

LHP Phil Dumatrait (10/26/07) from Reds; off waivers

  • What he did for Pirates: 36 G (11 starts), 3-6 with 5.50 ERA, 53 BB, 59 K
  • Where he is now: Triple-A Toledo (Detroit)
  • One sentence summation: Dumatrait had a nice run as a starter in ’08 before arm issues shelved him the rest of the year and left him largely ineffective in 2009.

RHP Jimmy Barthmaier (11/20/07) from Astros; off waivers

  • What he did for Pirates: 3 G, 0-2 with 10.45 ERA, 8 BB, 6 K
  • Where he is now: Recently released by Pittsburgh
  • One sentence summation: Barthmaier struggled in his brief big-league opportunity and then missed all of 2009 because of Tommy John surgery.

RHP Ty Taubenheim (12/03/07) from Rays; off waivers

  • What he did for Pirates: 1 G, 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Where he is now: Triple-A Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
  • One sentence summation: A subpar starter who made one decent spot start but never got another chance.

INF Josh Wilson (12/03/07) from Rays; off waivers

  • What he did for Pirates: Nothing
  • Where he is now: Seattle
  • One sentence summation: Wilson is taking playing time away from Jack Wilson in Seattle now, though he never made it out of Triple-A here.

OF Ray Olmedo (02/01/08) from Blue Jays; off waivers

  • What he did for Pirates: Nothing
  • Where he is now: Triple-A Nashville (Brewers)
  • One sentence summation: Olmedo’s stay with the organization lasted a brief 25 days during Spring Training 2008.

RHP Denny Bautista (06/25/08) from Tigers; trade for Kyle McPherson

  • What he did for Pirates: 49 G, 5-4 with a 5.89 ERA, 35 BB, 49 K
  • Where he is now: San Francisco
  • One sentence summation: Bautista had flashes of being an effective power arm, but he also had serious control issues at times.

RHP Virgil Vasquez (01/26/09) from Padres; off waivers

  • What he did for Pirates: 14 G (7 starts), 2-5 with 5.84 ERA, 18 BB, 29 K
  • Where he is now: Triple-A Durham (Rays)
  • One sentence summation: The Pirates liked Vasquez’s strike throwing ability, but those strikes were often way too hittable.

INF/OF Delwyn Young (04/15/09) from Dodgers; trade for cash

  • What he has done for Pirates: .257 BA, 49 R, 25 2B, 10 HR, 61 RBI
  • Where he is now: Used primarily by manager John Russell as a bat off the bench
  • One sentence summation: By far, Young has been Huntington’s most productive acquisition on this list.

RHP Eric Hacker (05/16/09) from Yankees; trade for Romulo Sanchez

  • What he did for Pirates: 3 G, 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Where he is now: Triple-A Fresno (Giants)
  • One sentence summation: Hacker seemed like a nice enough guy, but his stay in Pittsburgh was so short I probably couldn’t pick his face out in a crowd now.

RHP Steven Jackson (05/18/09) from Yankees; off waivers

  • What he has done for Pirates: 42 G, 2-4 with 3.18 ERA, 21 BB, 22 K
  • Where he is now: Triple-A Indianapolis
  • One sentence summation: Jackson, at times last year, was a fairly reliable groundball pitcher out of the ‘pen for the Pirates, though he hasn’t gotten much of a look in 2010.

RHP Jon Meloan (08/12/09) from Rays; off waivers

  • What he did for Pirates: Nothing
  • Where he is now: Out for year after undergoing Tommy John (A’s)
  • One sentence summation: Honestly, I forgot this right-hander was ever in the organization given that his stay lasted only three weeks and never included a stop in the Majors.

RHP Anthony Claggett (09/24/09) from Yankees; off waivers

  • What he did for Pirates: 1 G, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
  • Where he is now: Double-A Altoona
  • One sentence summation: Claggett was just recently demoted from Triple-A, so that should be enough to tell you about his long-term talent.

LHP Justin Thomas (10/29/09) from Mariners; off waivers

  • What he has done for Pirates: 3 G, 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Where he is now: Pirates bullpen
  • One sentence summation: Thomas was called up late in June after dominating in Triple-A, though the results haven’t surfaced here yet.

RHP Chris Jakubauskas (11/20/09) from Mariners; off waivers

  • What he did for Pirates: .2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER
  • Where he is now: Rehabbing a groin strain
  • One sentence summation: Jakubauskas’ first start ended in the first inning after he was hit in the head by a line drive, and he’s now nursing a groin strain.

OF Brandon Jones (01/19/10) from Braves; off waivers

  • What he did for Pirates: Nothing
  • Where he is now: Double-A Altoona
  • One sentence summation: Jones was demoted to Altoona after playing 48 Triple-A games to begin the season.

RHP Hayden Penn (03/29/10) from Marlins; off waivers

  • What he has done for Pirates: 3 G, 2.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 3 BB
  • Where he is now: Triple-A Indianapolis
  • One sentence summation: Penn’s stay in the Pirates’ bullpen lasted one week, though the organization is hopeful he can eventually be a serviceable starter.

LHP Dana Eveland (06/01/10) from Toronto; trade for Ronald Uviedo

  • What he has done for Pirates: 3 G, 9.2 IP, 15 H, 9 ER, 5 BB, 3 K
  • Where he is now: Triple-A Indianapolis
  • One sentence summation: Eveland’s stay in the Pirates’ rotation lasted one day, and all his physical excuses for not pitching well don’t suggest he’s going to be a long-term asset.

RHP Sean Gallagher (07/07/10) from San Diego; trade for cash

  • What he has done for Pirates: Nothing, yet.
  • Where he is now: Just joined team on Wednesday
  • One sentence summation: Command issues have plagued Gallagher for much of his career, and the Pirates are the latest team that believes it can fix him.

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9 Comments

Im suprised they haven’t picked up Dontrelle Willis yet.

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Jon Meloan is on the A’s 40-man, though he’s on the 60-day disabled list.

Thanks for head’s up. Made the change.

The Pirates traded minor league right-handed reliever Eric Krebs and cash to the Dodgers for Delwyn Young. Krebs is currently with Chattanooga, the Dodgers AA club.

This is a great article! Maybe sometime you can compare these DFA and other DFA’s like Alex Rios and Reed Johnson in recent years.

Is this the worst Pirate team ever ??? I have been a pirate fan since 1954 and it seams like they have gone backward 60 years – get a new owner who can get and keep players – not just trade them away

Good job. Looks like you spent more time researching the players than the Pirate front office.

Way to go, Jen. Now if you can just do the same research for the players NH and the Indians got on waivers when he was there, maybe we will have so solid stats on just how much of an underperformer he is. As to why the Pirates got Bixler back…who do they have in the minors (or majors) that is any better? Maybe NH can convince Vance Law to leave BYU and play ss for the Pirates?

It looks like Hayden Penn is on Indy’s inactive list now. Has the sale to Japan been completed?

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