PITTSBURGH—The games were often competitive in the backyard of the d'Arnaud house in Los Alamitos, Calif.
"We broke our share of windows," Pirates shortstop Chase d'Arnaud said. "Thankfully, our parents were very understanding."
All that shattered glass could pay off soon as Chase and his little brother Travis have a chance to play in the major leagues.
Chase, 22, has established himself as one of the top prospects in the Pirates system after being their fourth-round pick in 2008 out of Pepperdine. Travis, 20, was a supplemental first-round pick of the Phillies in 2007 out of high school and one of three prospects they traded to Toronto in December for Roy Halladay.
While Travis might be the better-known d'Arnaud because of his draft status and inclusion in a major trade, Chase hit a combined .293/.398/.454 with seven home runs and 31 stolen bases last season for low Class A West Virginia and high Class A Lynchuburg, then batted .296/.383/.383 in 81 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League.
"He's a very exciting player," farm director Kyle Stark said. "He's very athletic and does a lot of things well. He has good speed, makes hard contact, has the type of athletic ability to stay at shortstop and the potential to add more power."
D'Arnaud was thrilled with his first full season, though he missed three weeks with a sprained thumb ligament at Lynchburg. He was particularly happy to get the chance to play in the AFL.
"I was playing against a lot of guys from Triple-A and Double-A, so there was an adjustment period," d'Arnaud said. "I was really happy with the way I finished, though. I felt like I was playing well at the end and it gave me a lot of confidence going into next season."
• The Pirates promoted pitching coach Dean Treanor to Triple-A Indianapolis from Altoona to replace Ray Searage, who joined the major league staff.
• Larry Broadway, who spent last season as a first baseman/outfielder with Indianapolis, will now be an area scout for Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico. The Pirates also hired Rolando Pino (south and central Florida, Puerto Rico) and Anthony Wycklendt (Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota) as scouts.