Before the Rule 5 draft deadline, the Pirates announced they had opted out of the deal Andy Rodriguez, Mike Burrows, Colin Selby And Jared Trillo About 40 man roster. In related activities, Tyler Heineman, Jeremy Beasley, Manny Banuelos And Junior Fernandez All are assigned to be assigned. Their 40-man roster remains intact.
Pittsburgh acquired Rodriguez from the Mets as part of a three-team trade Joe Musgrove Heading to San Diego. He bounced around the minor leagues this past year, making it to Triple-A by the end of the season. In three phases, he hit .323/.407/.590 with 25 home runs. He appeared mostly at catcher, but also saw some time at cornerback, and at first and second base in 2022. With no Bucs options on the major league depth chart, it’s highly likely that he’ll make it to the big leagues in 2023.
Barrows is ranked fifth in Baseball America’s midseason list of Pittsburgh prospects. In the year A 2018 eleventh round pick, Burroughs spent the year in Double-A before being promoted to Triple-A in June. In 12 starts at Double-A, Burroughs had a 2.94 ERA, striking out batters 32.4% of the time and walking them 8.9% of the time. In Triple-A (down to 23.3 percent), his ERA rose to 5.31, even as his opponents’ BABIP jumped 40 points. Nevertheless, a few solid months at Triple-A to start 2023 and it won’t be long until the 23-year-old finds his way to Pittsburgh.
Selby in 2011. He was a 16th round pick in 2018, and started his career as a starter before the Pirates switched to the bullpen last year. While the results weren’t particularly encouraging at first, he had a solid 2022 campaign at Double-A and made a brief move to Triple-A at the end of the season. In 32 2/3 innings at Double-A, Selby had a 29.7% strikeout rate with a 10.1% walk rate en route to a 2.20 ERA. He only threw three innings at Triple-A, but he should start next season and could be a depth option for Pittsburgh’s bullpen next summer.
Trillo was selected in the third round of the 2019 draft and spent the entire 2022 campaign in Double-A. He hit a solid .282/.375/419, and as the line suggests, posted a solid 12.7% walk rate with a 17.6% strikeout rate. He is primarily a third baseman, but has moved in at shortstop and center field in 2022. Ke’Bryan Hayes With a future at third base in Pittsburgh, Trillo may have a future as a utility man.
Only Heinemann and Banuelos saw any meaningful time in the big leagues via DFA. Heineman appeared on the catcher in 52 games, .211 / .277 / .254, Banuelos threw 32 2/3 innings of 4.96 ERA after coming in the middle of the ball from the Yankees. Fernandez threw just 3 1/3 innings for the Pirates, and Beasley threw only their Triple-A affiliate.