Archive for December, 2011
On December 7, 2011, the Pirates acquired Yamaico Navarro from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Brooks Pounders and Diego Goris. Pounders was a 2nd round pick by the Pirates in 2009, so it was a little bit of an interesting trade when it was made. It took place on the eve of the Rule 5 draft, and the Royals were looking to free up a spot on their 40 man roster in order to make a selection. The Pirates were interested in the prospects of Navarro to become an every day player in the majors fairly soon, perhaps as their shortstop of the future.
Fan Reaction: C+ At the time of the trade, fan reaction was mostly of a wait and see approach. Pounders did not really excite the fan base in his time in the minors up until the time he was traded, but he was a high pick, so I think many Pirates fans were afraid this deal would some day come back and haunt them. Then again, Navarro has a chance to become a decent or better major league shortstop, so it was an interesting deal.
Navarro opened the season with the Pirates but hit only .178 with 1 HR and 4 RBI in a mostly bench role for the Buccos. He was sent down to AAA to get more at bats and was hitting .310 in his first 11 games with Indianapolis. It is expected he will be back with the Pirates at some point this season.
Approaching the midway point of the 2012 season, Pounders was promoted from the Royals A affiliate to their high A affiliate after sporting a 3-2 record in 8 starts with 57 K’s in just over 50 innings. However, he also had 19 walks and 52 hits allowed for a WHIP of 1.40 and an ERA of 3.38 at the time of his promotion.
Goris has not made a minor league appearance for Kansas City yet.
Current Grade: B