The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed pitcher Chaz Roe off waivers from the New York Yankees and they have placed Charlie Morton on the 60-day disabled list to make roster space. Roe is a 27-year-old right-hander, who pitched three games in relief for the Yankees this season, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts in two innings.
He pitched for the Diamondbacks in 2013, posting a 4.03 ERA in 22.1 innings, with 24 strikeouts. Roe was a first round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2005 out of high school. He pitched nine seasons in the minors before making his pro debut last year. Roe is a fastball/slider pitcher with a 1.87 career GO/AO ratio in the minors.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.