The Orioles, having lost outfielders Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis to free agency and the Mariners and Braves, respectively, traded 2013 third-round pick Stephen Tarpley, a lefthander, and 2013 11th-round pick Steven Brault to Pittsburgh for outfielder Travis Snider.
The Pirates were able to trade from a place of depth, as Snider was slated to be the fourth outfielder and a backup in right field primarily for Gregory Polanco.
"Tarpley is an athletic young lefthanded pitcher with good stuff, chance to start, starter indicators," Huntington told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Throws strikes, gets ground balls, gets some swing-and-miss."
"Snider is a solid, dependable power-hitting outfielder and is an excellent fit for Camden Yards,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told The Baltimore Sun. "[He] should be a good addition to the club at bat and in the field.
Travis Snider, of
Snider, who turns 27 on Feb. 2, reached career highs in plate appearances and games in 2014. Snider, the 14th overall pick in 2006 out of high school in Washington state, passed on an Arizona State commitment for $1.7 million. While he was ranked as high as No. 8 overall in BA’s Top 100 Prospects entering the 2009 season, Snider has struggled to remain healthy and effective. Still, he slashed .288/.356/.524 in the second half of 2014 and is entering his prime while remaining cost-effective. He agreed to a $2.1 million contract to avoid arbitration and has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining.
Stephen Tarpley, lhp
An Indians eighth-round pick out of high school in 2011, Tarpley chose to attend Southern California, where he made 13 starts as a freshman. He transferred to Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC, and the Orioles drafted him in round three in 2013 and signed him to a slot $525,000 bonus. The strong-armed Tarpley made big improvement during a 2014 season that began with him struggling during extended spring training starts and ended with him dominating at short-season Aberdeen. Tarpley pitches in the low 90s, touching 94 mph, with a hard curveball, a changeup he commands well and a slider. During the season, Tarpley made big strides in repeating his delivery, which led to more consistent command. If that continues, he may have No. 3 starter potential.
|Steven Brault, lhp
Division II Regis in Denver never has produced a single-digit draft pick, but Brault came close as he was drafted in the 11th round by Baltimore in 2013. More pitchability than stuff, Brault pitches at 89-90 mph, touching 92, and uses an aggressive tempo. He repeats his delivery, which includes some deception because he hides the ball behind his body. His curveball is average but especially effective against lefthanders and the change flashes average with late tail. With solid command and a four-pitch mix, his ceiling is as a back-end starter.