Jack Wilson has officially played his last game as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the foreseeable future.
Around noon today the Pirates sent Jack Wilson and Ian Snell packing for Shortstop Ronny Cedeno, Catcher/First Baseman Jeff Clement, and three prospects. A few experts like Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com says it's a pretty good haul and Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus said it was the Pirates best trade yet.
The prospects the Pirates received in the deal were Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock. Each of them are of the right handed variety and are expected to be assigned to Single-A teams.
Jeff Clement is projected to be a possible 20-HR threat and the Pirates front office has always liked what they have seen. Jeff Clement, however, is expected to be assigned to AAA Indianapolis. Clement has played in AAA all season so far and has put up a solid line, hitting .288 with 14 homers, 68 RBI's, 33 doubles with a .871 OPS. He's not a very good defensive player, which can be an issue, but isn't expected to weigh him down too much, as long as his power translates well. Baseball America twice had Clement listed as the teams best prospect, in 2006 and 2008.
Ronny Cedeno once showed a lot of promise, especially during his 2005 season with the Cubs. At the ripe age of 22-years-old, Cedeno hit .300 during a short stint with the Cubs, and earned a starting spot for the 2006 season. During 2006, however, he struggled hitting only .245. He has never fully recovered and is really only expected to be a place holder in Pittsburgh till they can find a long term solution.
Onto the prospects. None of them are rated in the top ten of the Mariners organization, according to Baseball America's preseason prospects list, but they aren't slouches either. Baseball America considers Adcock to have the best curve ball in the organization. Adcock has pitched all year for Seattle's advanced Single-A affiliate and has sported a 5-7 record with a 5.29 ERA with 71 strikeouts and 54 walks in 102 i innings pitched. Lorin and Pribanic have pitched at Single-A and have posted quality lines. Lorin is 5-4 with a 2.44 ERA, 87 strikeouts to 25 walks in 88.2 i innings, which equates to a .970 WHIP (Walks and Hits per I innings Pitched) and a 8.8 K/9 i innings ratio. Pribanic has a 7-6 record with a 3.21 ERA and 54 strikeouts and 26 walks in 87 i innings.
Overall this is an impressive haul for the Pirates, getting another former organizational number one prospect while their stock is low, and only giving up a very inconsistent starting pitcher and a defensive specialist at Shortstop. Does this trade pay off? Only time will tell. An excellent move, once again by the front office.