The Pirates sent Freddy Sanchez to the Giants in a one-for-one deal involving Tim Alderson. Another great move by Neal Huntington and the rest of the front office. Earlier in the day Sanchez sent a counter-offer to the Pirates for a three year deal worth 20 million dollars, and the Pirates rejected the extension.
Tim Alderson, according to Baseball America, is the Giants fourth best prospect and is the Pirates only legitimate future number one pitcher. At the age of 20 Alderson is pitching quite well for the Giants AA affiliate. He currently sports a 6-1 record with a 3.47 ERA, 46 K's and 14 walks over 72.2 innings pitched. Over his minor league career he is 20-6 with a 3.07 ERA with 202 K's and 51 walks over 249 innings.
Jeff Locke also has the potential to be a number one pitcher, but is more like a number two. The Pirates rotation by 2012 is shaping up to be quite nice. A rotation of Alderson, Locke, Duke, Maholm and one of any number of players like Gorzellany, Charlie Morton, Jeff Karstens, or a Ross Ohlendorf proves to be a solid rotation and can compete with anyone in the National League.
Here is what the Diamond Cutter had to say about Tim Alderson, whom they ranked the third best prospect in the Giants organization: "As good as Alderson is, he keeps getting forced into comparisons with Bumgarner which isn’t fair because he doesn’t have the stuff he does. But what Alderson does have is plus-plus command which translates to an almost non-existent walk total. His pitch repertoire includes an average fastball which sits in the low-90’s, an average change and a curve that continues to get better and better and has become a plus pitch. Alderson has quite the mound presence especially considering he’s 6 foot 7 with a very unorthodox delivery. His delivery is very deceiving and fortunately does not cause any issues with his control. Alderson looks to project to be a solid number two starter with incredible control."
There are parts there that really stick out to me, and that includes the command of his pitches, and that he has 3 pitches that are average or plus pitches.
This was yet another excellent trade for the Pirates and a GREAT day for Neal Huntington and the Pirates organization.
I'll leave you with a look at Baseball America's Pirates prospects ratings at the beginning of the year, and what it looks like today, according to my diagnosis of the prospects we've received this year:
1. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
2. Andrew McCutchen, OF
3. Jose Tabata, OF/Tim Alderson, SP
4. Brad Lincoln, RHP/Gorky Hernandez, OF
5. Bryan Morris, RHP/Jose Tabata, OF
6. Neil Walker, 3B/Jeff Clement, C/1B
7. Jeff Sues, RHP/Jeff Locke, SP
8. Shelby Ford, 2B/Brad Lincoln, SP
9. Daniel McCutchen, RHP/Bryan Morris, SP
10. Robbie Grossman, OF/Neil Walker, 3B