The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded infield prospect Adalberto Santos to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for a player to be named later. Santos was a 22nd round pick in the 2010 draft. He was playing for the Indianapolis Indians this year, but was struggling with a .186/.234/.256 line. Santos had a .303/.393/.403 line in 756 plate appearances at the Double-A level.
Santos is a utility player, playing second base, third base, and all three outfield spots. He’s not strong defensively, but has been an interesting guy to follow for his ability to hit, get on base, and play multiple positions. The struggles in Triple-A led to a decrease in playing time this year. Santos wasn’t in our top 50 prospects heading into the season, but was as high as 27th in the system going into the 2013 season.
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