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Nathan Adcock, who the Royals took from the Pirates in the Rule 5 Draft, has made Kansas City’s Opening Day roster. Though Adcock has not pitched above Single-A before, he impressed the Royals enough to warrant a chance to test his ability at the big league level. Kansas City’s decision to keep Adcock was announced by GM Dayton Moore.
Adcock posted a 3.46 ERA in eight Cactus League games. He gave up five runs on 13 hits in 13 innings.
Now, this does not mean that Adcock is necessarily gone for good. If he is not able to stick on the Major League roster all year, Adcock would have to be offered back to the Pirates for $25,000. The Royals paid $50,000 to acquire him in December.
“We think there’s something in him,” Moore said. “He’s very poised, he’s very confident, he has things together for a young guy. We’re very pleased with the way he’s handled himself. He makes the ball move naturally; that’s a great sign of future success as a pitcher. He keeps the ball. Maybe he’s a starter of the future. We’ll see.”
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The Pirates selected shortstop Josh Rodriguez with the first pick of the Rule 5 Draft. GM Neal Huntington said Rodriguez will compete to make the team as a utility infielder.
“He’s a guy that will compete to make our club as our utility guy,” Huntington said. “He has solid defense at shortstop. He can swing the bat a little bit. He can bounce around and play second, short and third. You can probably run him into the outfield. He’s a guy that’s a good addition to the organization.”
Centerfielder Bradley Chalk and catcher Travis Scott were taken in the Triple-A phase of the Draft.
Pirates farmhand Nathan Adcock was taken by the Royals with the fifth pick of the Rule 5 Draft. Pittsburgh is hopeful that Adcock will not be able to stick on Kansas City’s roster all season, which would allow the Pirates to get him back.
“He gets the ball on the ground,” Huntington said. “He has an average fastball with the ability to get groundballs and there is a chance that he’ll stick. We knew by not protecting him that there was a pretty good chance of being selected. We’re disappointed to lose him, but we couldn’t protect them all.”
Pittsburgh also acquired right-hander pitcher Cesar Valdez on Thursday morning as the player-to-be-named in the Zach Duke trade. The Pirates had to wait until after the Rule 5 Draft to finalize the acquisition since Valdez was available to be taken.
“It’s a right-hander with heavy sink,” Huntington said of Valdez. “He gets a lot of groundballs. He’s going to mix-and-match. He’s going to hit his spots. He’s a guy that we feel can help maybe out of the bottom of the rotation or use as a long man. He’s a guy to add to our depth and our competition to make our club.”
Jerry Dipoto, the Dbacks’ vice president of scouting and player development had this to say on Valdez: “Cesar obviously got an opportunity to pitch for us in the big leagues last year [and] has been a good member of our organization. Hopefully this is an opportunity for him.”
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So I have some extra time before this game gets underway and since I’ve been out of pocket for a few days, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to bring you up to date on how some of the team’s recent acquisitions and recent departees have fared since being dealt.
We’ll start with the new guys (those who aren’t in the Majors)…
- 1B Jeff Clement (acquired from Seattle): In three games with Triple-A Indianapolis, Clement is 6-for-11 with three solo homers and five runs scored.
- RHP Tim Alderson (acquired from San Francisco): He made his organizational debut on Saturday and earned the win while pitching 5 2/3 innings and allowing just one earned run for Double-A Altoona. Alderson gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out four.
- RHP Jose Ascanio (acquired from Chicago): Ascanio took the loss in his start for Indianapolis this weekend, despite allowing just two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out nine.
- OF Jose Tabata: Tabata obviously wasn’t acquired by the Pirates this July, but I’m adding him in the list since he just earned a promotion to Triple-A. In his first two games with Indianapolis, Tabata went 3-for-8 and drew two walks.
- RHP Nathan Adcock (acquired from Seattle): The righty has made one appearance for high-A Lynchburg. In three innings of long relief, Adcock allowed one run on four hits. He struck out three.
- RHP Aaron Pribanic (acquired from Seattle): Has not yet made his organizational debut.
- RHP Brett Lorin (acquired from Seattle): Lorin did not factor in his debut with low-A West Virginia, despite allowing just one earned run in six solid innings. He gave up just four hits, walked one and struck out three.
- SS Argenis Diaz (acquired from Boston): In 10 games with Indianapolis, Diaz is 5-for-31. All his hits have been singles. He has committed two errors.
- RHP Hunter Strickland (acquired from Boston): Strickland has thus far made just one start for West Virginia and it was a start in which he threw the first six innings of what became a combined no-hitter. He struck out five.
- IF Josh Harrison (acquired from Chicago): Harrison has played three games for high-A Lynchburg and is 4-for-11 with two RBIs and one run scored.
And now those who have gone elsewhere…
- SS Jack Wilson: In four games for the Mariners, Wilson is 4-for-16 with two doubles.
- RHP Ian Snell: Snell made his first start for Seattle on Sunday and allowed two runs in six innings. Both runs came via solo homers, though Snell gave up only one other hit. He walked three and struck out four.
- 2B Freddy Sanchez: Sanchez returned from his knee injury and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in his Giants debut on Sunday.
- LHP John Grabow: The lefty has pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in two appearances with the Cubs.
- LHP Tom Gorzelanny: He has joined the Cubs’ rotation for the time being and will make his first start for Chicago on Tuesday.
- 1B Adam LaRoche: In case you missed it, LaRoche’s time in Boston lasted just more than a week as he was then sent to the Braves on July 31. With the Red Sox, LaRoche went 5-for-19 with two doubles, two runs scored, one home run and three RBIs. He is 3-for-7 in two games with Atlanta so far.