The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Guilmet was designated for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for Corey Hart. The Pirates purchased the 27-year-old pitcher from the Baltimore Orioles in early October.
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.
Preston Guilmet–cool name, ordinary stuff.
The BlueJays would claim a pile of crap if they thought they could squeeze some talent out of it. Then turn around and release it a week later..
Damn Blue Jays they take all of our good players.
And then we turn around and get them back – see Brad Lincoln.