The Pittsburgh Pirates traded veteran lefty Francisco Liriano and prospects Reese McGuire and Harold Ramirez to the Toronto Blue Jays for right-hander Drew Huchison. Here's a quick take on the two rookies.
Reese McGuire, C: The Pirates drafted McGuire in the first round in 2013 from high school in Covington, Washington. He reached Double-A this year and is currently hitting .259/.337/.346 in 266 at-bats with 29 walks and just 26 strikeouts while throwing out 39% of runners attempting to steal.
McGuire is listed at 5-11, 215, a left-handed hitter, born March 2nd, 1995. He has been regarded as an excellent defensive catcher since high school but his bat has been disappointing. He's a line drive hitter who, so far, has been unable to convert his physical strength into power on the field. He makes contact and has a keen sense for the strike zone, but the ball just doesn't jump off his bat with much authority, resulting in a lot of 4-3 grounders and medium-depth fly balls.
Harold Ramirez, OF: Ramirez was signed by the Pirates out of Colombia back in July of 2011. For 2016 he's hitting .306/.354/.401 with 21 walks and 66 strikeouts in 379 at-bats for Double-A Altoona. He's been a consistent .300 hitter and holds a career slash line of .304/.362/.409 in 1298 at-bats.
Ramirez is a stocky guy at 5-10, 220, born September 6th, 1994. Although he's swiped just seven bases this spring, running speed is his best physical tool. With his body type you'd think he would be a power hitter, but home runs have never been his forte as his swing is tailored for line drives and gap shots. He's aggressive and doesn't draw many walks, but he also makes hard contact and keeps his strikeouts under harness. He's a pretty decent center fielder but is most likely better-suited for a corner in the long run.