By Chris Kline
May 11, 2005
The suddenly well-traveled Michael Restovich now has a new destination—PNC Park. The Pirates acquired Restovich from the Rockies on Wednesday in exchange for a player to be named later. Pittsburgh becomes his fourth organization in 2005, as the Devil Rays claimed him off waivers from the Twins at the end of March and lost him on waivers to Colorado six days later.
Restovich, 26, was a second-round pick out of a Minnesota high school in 1997. He ranked in the top five on Baseball America’s Twins prospect lists from 1999-2003, but plateaued over the last two seasons as several outfielders in the deep Minnesota system passed him by. Restovich pounds fastballs with a smooth, sound swing, but quality breaking balls give him trouble. He has good power but doesn’t control the strike zone or hit for a high average. He’s a good athlete for his size (6-foot-4, 251 pounds) and a competent corner outfielder. He has batted .278/.362/.444 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 144 big league at-bats, including 31 with the Rockies this year. Restovich is a career .285/.366/.492 hitter with 128 homers and 558 RBIs in 845 minor league games.
Update: The Pirates completed the trade in November by sending cash considerations to the Rockies.