The First Draft Pick Is Traded
UPDATE: As smedindy points out in the comments (here), Detroit and Miami were the actual first teams to swap competitive balance picks earlier in the month. Old Time Family Baseball apologizes for the mistake and will cease publication of our upcoming book on Stirrup Socks and Comic Book Panels that Have Baseball Bats in Them.
No, you can’t trade a real draft pick (though what is real in a made-up game in a fictional reality?). Nor can you with one of those fancy supplemental draft picks. You can, however, trade one of the new fangled competitive balance lottery picks. And the Pirates have apparently just pulled one off. Remember that for SABR trivia night next year.
Gorkys Hernandez is very fast and looks like he can play the outfield. Considering his playing time, using advanced metrics would be a waste of time, so I won’t even bother looking at them. He doesn’t, however, know how to really hit.
Meanwhile, the Pirates will hope that a change of venue, a Primanti Brothers sandwich, and painful electro shock therapy may remind Sanchez how to swing the bat. After hitting .269/.346/.437 between 2010-2011, Sanchez hit only .202 with no real power to speak of this season before being sent to AAA. Considering that the Pirates lack a bench beyond Casey McGehee, the off chance of Sanchez suddenly remembering how to play baseball like the amnesia victim in a bad 40s noir movie is a worthwhile move.